The brains at the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency are pushing the frontier of neuro-technology. When pressed by reporter Michael Joseph Gross, DARPA officials downplay the sci-fi implications of their work but the goal of integrating computer technology into the human brain seems unmistakeable. And secrecy conceals much of what they do.
The Biological Technologies Office, created in 2014, is the newest of DARPA’s six main divisions. This is the office headed by Justin Sanchez. One purpose of the office is to “restore and maintain warfighter abilities” by various means, including many that emphasize neurotechnology—applying engineering principles to the biology of the nervous system.