One of the most advanced and mysterious wings of the US Department of Defense wants to know if there are & # 39; underground urban tunnels and facilities & # 39; are for experiments.
On Twitter, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, DARPA, is known for its preference for wild futuristic-sounding studies and experiments – i.e., spirit-driven drones or & # 39; time crystals & # 39; – made a call to all his unsuspecting followers.
& # 39; Attention, city dwellers!, & # 39; the tweet began. & # 39; We are interested in identifying university or commercially managed underground urban tunnels and facilities that can organize research and experimentation. & # 39;
DARPA caused a wave of speculation with its tweet that demanded underground tunnels and facilities with which it could do somewhat mysterious research.
The agency has worked out:
& # 39; The ideal space would be a man-made underground environment that includes multiple city blocks with a complex layout and multiple stories, including atriums, tunnels, and stairwells. Interesting spaces that are currently closed to pedestrians or that can be used temporarily for testing are interesting. & # 39;
What's more, DARPA says it's a little time-consuming to acquire the multi-block, commercially or university-run underground urban tunnel / facility.
A deadline for replying to the agency's request expires on August 30 at 5 p.m., leaving potentially interested parties around two days to act.
Some things stand out about the sudden and dazzling tweet: everything.
The question has left many questions: what does DARPA intend to use the facility? Why are the sample images in the tweet so frightening? Why such an unreasonably short term?
DARPA & # 39; s does provide some insight into its call within the actual Request for Information on its website, in which it vaguely refers to technologies that are able to & # 39; future solutions to quickly identify unknown complex underground environments. navigate and search to find interesting objects & # 39 ;.
The agency also claims that its research may have disaster relief applications and, more confusingly, global security.
DARPA decided to include some rather creepy stock photos in his call, including the photo above that appears to be a sort of high-tech government lab
It also contained a photo of a rather dusty basement that looks more like an abandoned warehouse than a laboratory
& # 39; The underground domain – whether it's man-made tunnels, urban underground infrastructure or natural cave networks – is becoming increasingly relevant for global security and disaster-related search and rescue missions, & # 39; reads the request.
& # 39; As such, DARPA is interested in understanding the state-of-the-art in innovative technologies that have the potential to disruptively and positively influence how the subterranean domain is used without priceless costs and risks for human lives. & # 39;
While it all seems excessive, given that the request was broadcast in some of the most public ways you can imagine, it has not prevented users from speculating about what the facility can or could be used for.
Among the theories are of course demogorgons – the extra-dimensional beasts depicted in Netflix & # 39; s popular sci-fi tribute, Stranger Things, to which it replied: & # 39; Demogorgons are something like Department of Energy & # 39 ;.
The Grand Central tunnels also made the cut, which represents tunnels in which many New Yorkers commute to their work and their homes
Other theories were certainly less fantastic, some suggested that the agency might develop a kind of drone-like weapon capable of navigating up close.
It is doubtful that in the event that DARPA actually developed something as secret or scary as a demogorgon or assassin drone, it would publicly overthrow its hat, but even the agency seems to recognize that the request is at least a little bit scary.
A Twitter user responded to the DARPA call and wrote: & # 39; This sounds exciting and ominous & # 39 ;, to which the agency replied: & # 39; Even for us & # 39 ;.
Although I am more banal in this case, finding a DARPA project that actually appears to be science fiction is not exactly difficult.
In May, DARPA announced that the study is funding that a future generation of soldiers could give the power to control machines and weapons with their minds.
The agency said it will fund six organizations through the Next Generation Nonsurgical Neurotechnology (N3) program that will work on designing and building interfaces for use in the US Army that soldiers can be worn and their brain signals translated into instructions for drones and other military equipment.
CAN THE BRAIN & # 39; COLORED & # 39; BECOME TO CREATE SUPER SOLDIERS?
DARPA recently unveiled its four-year Targeted Neuroplasticity Training (TNT) program, which aims to use the body's peripheral nervous system to accelerate the learning process.
This would happen by activating a process known as & # 39; synaptic plasticity & # 39; – an important process in the brain that is involved in learning – with electrical stimulation.
Some teams will work with intelligence analysts and foreign language specialists to shape the platform around current training practices.
DARPA investigates ways of a process known as & # 39; synaptic plasticity & # 39; – an important process in the brain that is involved in learning – to activate with electrical stimulation to speed up the learning of soldiers. Stock image
Researchers will look at the use of technology for a wide range of applications, including decision making and spatial navigation, speech perception and threat recognition.
"Imagine having trouble learning something new, such as multiplication tables or how to hit a golf ball," said Dr. Robert Rennaker of the University of Texas at the Texas Biomedical Device Center in Dallas.
& # 39; If you are right, when that lamp comes on, this system will be activated.
& # 39; By stimulating the vagus nerve during the learning process, we artificially release these chemicals to improve those compounds that are active during learning. & # 39;
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