Closing Thought–08May17

Brain Games!

I for one think that learning is essential to life……one should continue long after leaving school….and anything that would help me learn faster and better could be a good thing.

DARPA, that super secret R&D outfit that researches weapons and other such necessities for our continuous wars,  is looking into a way to hack a human brain….that’s right…I said hack the human brain!

If the brain is just a bunch of wires and circuits, it stands to reason that those components can simply be re-wired in order to create a better, smarter us. At least, that’s the theory behind a new project from the military’s secretive DARPA research branch announced on Wednesday, which aims to enhance human cognitive ability by activating what’s known as “synaptic plasticity.”

Recent research has suggested that stimulating certain peripheral nerves—those that relay signals between the brain, the spinal cord and the rest of the body—can enhance a person’s ability to learn, by triggering the release of neurochemicals that reorganize connections in the brain. Through its new Targeted Neuroplasticity Training program, DARPA is is funding eight different research efforts that seek to enhance learning by targeting those nerves with electrical stimulation. The end goal is to translate those findings into real-world applications that boost military training regimens—allowing a soldier, to say, soak up a new language in months instead of years. Should DARPA figure out a way to do that, its efforts will likely go on to impact all of us.

Source: DARPA Wants to Hack Your Brain to Make You Learn Faster

Plus these people are using the human brain to make robots more deadly…..

Without even realizing it, soldiers could soon be training robot sharpshooters to take their jobs.

Modern sensors can see farther than humans. Electronic circuits can shoot faster than nerves and muscles can pull a trigger. Humans still outperform armed robots in knowing what to shoot at — but new research funded in part by the Army may soon narrow that gap.

Researchers from DCS Corp and the Army Research Lab fed datasets of human brain waves into a neural network — a type of artificial intelligence — which learned to recognize when a human is making a targeting decision. They presented their paper on it at the annual Intelligent User Interface conference in Cyprus in March.

Source: The Military is Using Human Brain Waves to Teach Robots How to Shoot – Defense One

While I like these ideas….I also see it as something that can and will be abused in the name of profit…..it is only a matter of time.

Any thoughts?

Today has been a bit slow on IST…I do hope it is not because I had to cut back….this is my last of the day….I have too much research to fool around……see you guys tomorrow….chuq  out.

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12 thoughts on “Closing Thought–08May17

  1. I see nothing but a potential for misuse / abuse and it is scary.

    On another not all together, no matter which way the Senate vote goes on the Health Care Bill, I’m sure Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-NC) will have a remark or two that would qualify him for this month’s Assie. I realize I’m early in nominations but I just read something again about him and am steaming. ~~dru~~

  2. Any research involving military funding is always going to be more about ‘super-soldiers’, and less about education and life-improvement.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  3. The only authentic learning is that learning which is achieved after one leaves school. The learning learned in school is not learning at all … it is moulding … conditioning … clone-creation … trying to produce standardized individuals who will be more or less malleable enough to submit to government rule without too much resistance … Everybody on the same page sort of crap …. totally useless … School should be disbanded entirely and replaced with courses in stuff people will need in their daily lives or their chosen professions.

    1. Apparently not John…we are still making the same mistakes we made 100 years ago….I realize there are some that hate history because it does not conform to what they want to believe….but that is changing…I learned in school and afterwards…..but that is changing to…we are killing our children’s minds and we do it willingly.

      1. Just as our parents saw to the killing of our own individuality in their tuition-seeking clone/diploma mills.

      2. My parents had nothing to do with it….I chose to use the only thing I wanted from the government….GI Bill

      3. The G.I. Bill that was undoubtedly paid for out of our parent’s taxes.

      4. And mine…..and it was money well spent….the vets deserve it and much fucking more….but we are making sure that it never happens again….the vets will be screwed out of a chance for an education all in the name of tax cuts for wealthy pricks that did nothing for this country.

      5. The Vets will be screwed out of everything because that is how the politicians keep the eternal promise that says, “We will never forget your sacrifice.” The same shit you hear every Veterans’ Day and every Memorial Day.

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