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Humans can communicate telepathically

THE US government wants to implant tiny computers the size of a pound coin into people’s brains so they can communicate telepathically.

These devices could also allow us to operate machinery with our minds, treat brain injuries and let societies of the future send WhatsApp messages using the power of thought.

The Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) handed out $65million (£50million) to six research teams, who have four years to come up with the terrifying new technology.

Scientists are expected to weave together a vast network of “neurograins” which can be worn as implants on top of the cerebral cortex or even embedded inside it.

Packed with sensors, the implants will detect how the brain processes and decode spoken language so it can be interpreted and understood by computers.

Some teams will be focused on improving sight whilst others concentrate on hearing and speech.

It will be no small task to design the brain-reading devices.

The headset – or implant – must be able to receive signals as well as transmit them and squeeze everything inside a device no larger than a pound coin.

Darpa’s Neural Engineering System Design (NESD) arm will fund five academic research groups and one small San Jose-based company to achieve this.

But Darpa might not be the first to make telepathy a reality.

Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg claim to be working on similar technology.

Zuckerberg has admitted that his firm is secretly developing a mind-reading brain “interface” designed to allow humans to communicate telepathically.

He later refused to deny whether this will be used to improve the way in which brands can flog their wares on the social network, which is funded purely by massive advertising campaigns.

- www.thesun.co.uk