Professor Calls For "Google Type" Brain Chip
Touts exact mirror of DARPA control project in New York
Times' "Idea Lab"
A New York Professor has advocated the idea of Google type brain
implant chips that would "improve human memory", an
idea which mirrors already active projects funded by the Pentagon's
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
"However difficult the practicalities, there’s
no reason in principle why a future generation of neural prostheticists
couldn’t pick up where nature left off, incorporating Google-like
master maps into neural implants." writes
New York University professor of psychology Gary
"This in turn would allow us to search our
own memories — not just those on the Web — with something
like the efficiency and reliability of a computer search engine."
"How much would you pay to have a small memory
chip implanted in your brain if that chip would double the capacity
of your short-term memory? Or guarantee that you would never again
forget a face or a name?"
Clearly DARPA would pay quite a lot, given that
the research arm of the US military continues
to fund scientific development of that exact technology.
The justification for the continued funding of such
research is to develop a substitute for damaged or diseased brain
regions, holding promise for victims of Alzheimer's disease, stroke
and other brain traumas.
Yet even the scientists currently at work on such
projects know that the real application for the implant devices
would be in the commercial and military sectors. After all, why
would the Pentagon have such a keen interest in curing Alzheimer's?
In 2003 Popular
Medicine aside, Biomedical engineer Theodore Berger
sees potential commercial and military applications for the
brain chip, which is partially funded by the Defense Advanced
Research Projects Agency. Learning how to build sophisticated
electronics and integrate them into human brains could one day
lead to cyborg soldiers and robotic servants, he says.
In his Times piece, New York Professor Gary Marcus
"Would this turn us into computers? Not at
all. A neural implant equipped with a master memory map wouldn’t
impair our capacity to think, or to feel, to love or to laugh;
it wouldn’t change the nature of what we chose to remember."
Clearly Mr Marcus has not considered that there
is a very good reason why the human brain blocks out certain memories
or feelings and why it correlates information in the way that
Furthermore, cataloguing a person's memories on
an external source invariably means that an entity external to
that particular person, be it a company, corporation or government,
could conceivably gain access to those memories.
The more that entity knows about the population,
the more it can and inevitably will use
that information to control it for their own benefit
This concept may seem completely outlandish to many,
yet it has been the central focus of DARPA activities for some
time with projects such as
LifeLog, which seeks to gain a multimedia, digital
record of everywhere a person goes and everything they see, hear,
read, say and touch.
Magazine has reported:
On the surface, the project seems like the latest
in a long line of DARPA’s “blue sky” research
efforts, most of which never make it out of the lab. But DARPA
is currently asking businesses and universities for research
proposals to begin moving LifeLog forward.
"What national security experts and civil libertarians
want to know is, why would the Defense Department want to do such
a thing?" the article asks. The answer lies in the stated
goal of the US military - "Total Spectrum Dominance".
Furthermore, Mr Marcus' assertions that the neuro
technology would not be in any way dominant over a person's capacity
to think, does not tally with DARPA's
Brain Machine Interfaces enterprise, a $24 million
project reported on in the August 5, 2003 Boston Globe.
The project is developing technology that "promises
to directly read thoughts from a living brain - and even instill
thoughts as well... It does not take much imagination to see in
this the makings of a matrix-like cyberpunk dystopia: chips that
impose false memories, machines that scan for wayward thoughts,
cognitively augmented government security forces that impose a
ruthless order on a recalcitrant population." The Globe reported.
Government funded advances
in neurotechnology which also focus on developing
the ability to essentially read
people's minds should also set alarm bells ringing.
It is also well documented that the military and
the federal government have been dabbling in mind
control and manipulation experimentation for decades.
Mr Marcus may be a well meaning scientist and may
very well see such technology as progressive for humanity, but
when it is being developed by military commanders under governments
that have killed and oppressed billions across the globe in the
last century alone, the prospect becomes somewhat sullied to say
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implants represent the second phase of implantable
chips, the technology has been in existence for over a decade
and discussions on simple ID chipping of humans is now in the
Tommy Thompson, the former Health and Human Services Secretary
in the Bush administration, promised
to have a chip implanted and is subsequently
toured the country lauding the virtues of ID chips.
During the the confirmation hearings for John Roberts Jr., George
W. Bush's nominee for Supreme Court chief justice, Roberts was
questioned by Senator Joseph R. Biden on whether
he would rule against a mandatory implantable microchip to track
Last year there was a congressional debate on whether airport
workers could be mandated to have microchip implants.
Other workers have already been forced to take the chip.
workers in Mexico are being forced to take the chip
or lose their job. Staff of Mexico's attorney general had to take
the chip in order to access secure areas.
In February, a Cincinnati
surveillance equipment company became the first U.S.
business to use this application when a handful of employees voluntarily
got implants to allow them to enter secure rooms.
In a trail blazing act in 2006 however, Governor
Jim Doyle of Wisconsin signed a law declaring it
a crime to require an individual to be implanted with a microchip.
The people of Wisconsin welcomed the RFID law which imposes fine
of up to $10,000 per day for a violator. The Bill was introduced
by Rep. Marlin Schneider, D-Wisconsin.
A spotlight has recently been placed on chip implants by the
Times which ran a piece asking whether children should
be implanted in the wake of the kidnapping of British toddler
Debate also exists on the chipping on inmates, sex offenders
and other vilified groups.
Another area in which the debate over chips rages is the medical
profession. Last year, leaked British
policy review documents revealed that the government
has considered the notion of implanting anyone considered mentally
unstable with a microchip.
We have also previously highlighted how implantable chips are
being used for recreational purposes, to pay
for drinks in bars. The Baja
Beach club in Barcelona has championed the technology
for years. Leading sports figures now carry chips in their clothing
to track their performances, implantation has already been debated
as the next step.
All manner of things from commerce to transport could one day
forge the way towards a microchipped society.
Last year award winning director Aaron
Russo, appearing on the Alex Jones show, stressed
that the true intentions of the global elite, in particular the
Rockefeller family, is a microchipped society. A society where
you have no privacy, nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, whether
you’re innocent, guilty, indifferent or impaired.
Consider that the first
use of the technology was in tracking and tracing
cattle and other animals.
A microchipped society sounds like something from a horrific
science fiction movie, as ever fiction is being mirrored by reality
as we now see it being debated in Congress.
The Age in Australia reported that within ten years the chip
will be as common
as cell phones are today. If the scheme became commonplace
then it is estimated that around 75%
of the population would be mandated to take the chips.
By pure coincidence (ahem) IBM, the company behind Verichip,
the major retailer of implantable chips, also ran
the cataloging system used by the Nazis to store
information on Jews in Hitler's Germany.
To understand just how easily a microchipped society could quickly
become reality, read this excellent
piece from 2006 by Kevin Haggerty of the Toronto
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