6. Pentagon Seeks a Memory-Restoring Implant
The Department of Defense, through the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), recently announced that it is seeking proposals related to memory-restoring brain implants. In particular, they have begun “soliciting innovative research proposals to develop a neural device for human clinical use to restore specific types or attributes of memories.” The goal of the project, which is still in the proposal stage, is to develop a device to help restore memory to some of the more than 280,000 troops who have suffered brain injuries since 2000, including in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Restoring Active Memory (RAM) Program seeks to provide better ways of treating traumatic brain injury. Ultimately, the RAM Program is aimed at developing an implantable neural device that enables recovery of memory. In addition to the wounded troops, DARPA reports that an estimated 1.7 million Americans are diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries annually.