For the first time in recorded human history, neuroscientists have linked two animal brains. On February 28, 2013, The Scientific Reports journal published the results of this feat led by Dr. Miguel Nicolelis, a neuroscientist (and Co-Director at the Duke Center for Neuroengineering at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina), and his team at Duke along with Brazilian scientists. (1) You may wonder why anyone would attempt such a connection, but this advanced science has potential benefits and applications that could literally change individual lives. The Duke Center for Neuroengineering pioneered the science of implanting electrodes into the brain. This research that began over 15 years ago was undertaken as a method for reading brain signals.
At a roundtable conference at The Royal Society in London on May 11th, 2011, Dr. Christopher Green of the Wayne State University School of Medicine delivered a talk titled, “Neuroscience Applications: Militaries, Intelligence and Law Enforcement”. As part of the talk, Dr. Green outlined a number of ways in which “advanced bioscience” is being looked at by militaries around the world to improve the human performance improvement process, or to reduce the performance of the human enemy. In 2011, the Air Force Research Laboratory’s 711th Human Performance Wing issued a call to researchers for research proposals in this field of study, warning researchers that the work “may require top secret clearance.”