As a result, not only will future citizens (and surely future soldiers) be able to enhance their means of collecting information, but will subsequently have any deficits in either sight or hearing be compensated. In other words, their sales pitch is thus: become able-bodied or become augmented – your choice!
“A new DARPA program aims to develop an implantable neural interface able to provide unprecedented signal resolution and data-transfer bandwidth between the human brain and the digital world. The interface would serve as a translator, converting between the electrochemical language used by neurons in the brain and the ones and zeros that constitute the language of information technology.”
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It won’t be easy, but given the exponential acceleration of information technologies, our cyborg future is closer now more than ever.
DARPA is no stranger to futuristic scientific and technological developments. Other than Google, it’s the one agency who not only recognizes the coming Transhumanist era, but is subsequently making great strides in preparation of said era. The idea of someone becoming a cyborg might’ve previously been nothing more than pure science-fiction, but today it’s a gradual fact of life. People will have the choice of becoming cyborgs, with the help of cybernetics and gene-editing, and even have the choice to the extent of their enhancements and augmentations. Some will choose to remain biologically organic, similar to today’s Amish, but I suspect that a majority of the global population will opt for cyborg enhancements – either for medical reasons or purely aesthetic purposes.