The U.S. military is working to develop a new chip technology that, when implanted, will connect human brains to computers – making cyborgs.
Should the chip succeed, it could have nearly limitless possibilities. The U.S. military's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) often plays a big role in the development of technologies that civilians eventually benefit from, such as GPS or the Internet.
For the US military, it could help warfighters on a number of levels, such as augmenting their senses -- hearing, sight and more.
The technology has the potential to restore sight to the blind, transform prosthetics into limbs that function seamlessly like the original one and even possibly control disease.
DARPA recently revealed the new Neural Engineering System Design, or NESD. By investing in research, DARPA hopes to create an implantable neural interface that will connect humans directly to computers at an unprecedented level, essentially turning them into cyborgs.
By definition, a cyborg is a person whose physical abilities are extended beyond normal human limitations by mechanical elements built into the body.