Monday, April 24, 2006

Sometimes, War Just Leaves A Bad Taste In My Mouth

The Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition is developing a technology called a brain port that will provide soldiers on the battlefield possibilities that once before, even recently, were thought impossible. From what I have read, items such as cameras, sonar equipment, and electronic compasses (just to name a few) can be mounted on a helmet and the signals from these devices are translated into impulses that are then sent to 144 micro-electrodes located on the tongue ... yes, the tongue. From there, the information is piped right into the brain via our own nerve system. Honestly, I read the article five times and still don't completely understand the process, but I could see serious and apparent flaws in the plan. Problem #1: Logistically, the helmet would be the optimum place to mount these sensing devices ... good height, helmets take screws better than body parts do, etc. But, isn't the purpose of a helmet to protect your head from bullets, shrapnel, and debris? I really don't think electronics would hold up too well there. Problem #2: One can only imagine the outcome if such delicate body parts were exposed to an electrical short from a damaged sensor. Problem #3: Do researchers realize that this individual may be forced to experience hand to hand combat? Oooo, that would be messy.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

And they worry about steroids to enhance performance?

May 04, 2006 3:51 AM  

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