WEB Notes: I have an idea! Why don’t they just create mindless people from a petri dish and then they can control them at will. No harm, no foul right! In all seriousness, when is going too far, going too far? Apparently we never seem to hit that tier, instead on and on it goes. No one is altering my mind, period. That is not treating the problem, it is masking it and artificially controlling the person. Not fixing the issue with them. Notice who is behind this, DARPA a solider that always thinks “kill the enemy” and stays focused on it is a good solider. How disturbing it is to see our people manipulated.
Brain implants that deliver electrical pulses tuned to a person’s feelings and behaviour are being tested in people for the first time. Two teams funded by the US military’s research arm, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), have begun preliminary trials of ‘closed-loop’ brain implants that use algorithms to detect patterns associated with mood disorders. These devices can shock the brain back to a healthy state without input from a physician.
The work, presented last week at the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) meeting in Washington DC, could eventually provide a way to treat severe mental illnesses that resist current therapies. It also raises thorny ethical concerns, not least because the technique could give researchers a degree of access to a person’s inner feelings in real time.
The general approach — using a brain implant to deliver electric pulses that alter neural activity — is known as deep-brain stimulation. It is used to treat movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, but has been less successful when tested against mood disorders. Early evidence suggested that constant stimulation of certain brain regions could ease chronic depression, but a major study involving 90 people with depression found no improvement after a year of treatment.1