The U.S. military is working to create a chip that can be implanted in a soldier’s brain to connect it directly to computers that can deliver data on an enemy’s position, maps and battle instructions.
The implanted chip would essentially create soldier cyborgs that would be safer and better fighters.
“Today’s best brain-computer interface systems are like two supercomputers trying to talk to each other using an old 300-baud modem,” said Phillip Alvelda, manager for DARPA’s Neural Engineering System Design program. “Imagine what will become possible when we upgrade our tools to really open the channel between the human brain and modern electronics.”
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The use of encryption by tech companies has come under criticism from U.S. law enforcement agencies.
President Obama is seeking the help of tech companies to combat terror threats, which he described as entering a new phase.
Obama’s remarks could put into sharp focus again the demand by law enforcement agencies for tech companies to provide ways for the government to access encrypted communications.
In an address late Sunday from the Oval Office, Obama said he “would urge high-tech and law enforcement leaders to make it harder for terrorists to use technology to escape from justice.”
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The provision was dropped previously after opposition from lawmakers and the tech industry.
Legislation requiring tech companies to report on terrorist activity on their platforms is likely to be revived in the U.S., following concerns about the widespread use of Internet communications by terrorists.
A proposed rule that would require companies to report vaguely defined “terrorist activity” on their platforms had been included as section 603 in the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016.
But Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) removed a hold on the bill only after the controversial provision was deleted from it.
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