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The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is asking for proposals to build a brain implant that can help recovery memories lost to injury.
Best known for leading weapons research, DARPA has also pushed medical technology and sustainable energy. The latest DARPA request would represent a major medical leap.
“Ultimately, it is desired to develop a prototype implantable neural device that enables recovery of memory in a human clinical population. Additionally, the program encompasses the development of quantitative models of complex, hierarchical memories and exploration of neurobiological and behavioral distinctions between memory function using the implantable device versus natural learning and training,” the agency posted on FedBizOpps.gov.
DARPA wants the technology to conquer war-caused brain injuries. In Iraq and Afghanistan, enemy bombings made brain injuries one of the most common war wounds.