As a followup to a previous blog entry, DARPA does it again.
A practical neural interface is one of the critical path components for human beings to accelerate the journey toward the full Trans-Human experience. DARPA gets it, and is about ready to start human trials of a Neural Interface for Brain stent.
Adapted from off-the-shelf stents, implanted via a relatively simple injection versus brain surgery, the stentrode experiments could set the stage for an unprecedented phase shift in technology.
The potential use cases for an easy-to-use, safe digital neural interfaces are infinite. Although the same could be said for most technology, the leverage in this case far surpasses any invention to date. By comparison, everything else is on par with, say, the screwdriver. Yes, the screwdriver is awesome. The use cases for the trusty screw driver are probably infinite — well beyond that of driving in screws or the opening of paint can lids. But I cannot command drones, read minds, leap over tall buildings in a single bound, nor levitate 10 feet off the ground using only a screwdriver. With a stentrode implant and the a network-connected assembly of the right gear, all those super powers (and many more) are but a fraction of the new possibilities in the new adjacent possible enabled by said invention.