If the last year of work of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency of the US Department of Defense (DARPA) was spent on the creation of combat robots, cyborg soldiers and flying drones, then DARPA plans to devote the next few years to biotechnology.
According to the DARPA announcement, the next generation of defense technology will be modeled on natural life and wildlife. Synthetic biology will become one of the main areas of research. It will help advance the study of manufacturing biomaterials that will transform living cells, proteins and DNA into a kind of genetic factories.
An even greater potential of synthetic biology lies in the creation of artificial life - completely new forms. Nowadays, this is not such a fantasy - just recently, scientists managed to create the first synthetic chromosome, designed with a computer and assembled from scratch in a laboratory. The first step towards artificially created technogenic organisms has already been taken.
Also, DARPA's biotechnology division will continue research in the field of controlled limbs. Last year, tests of unique chips were completed, which, after implantation into the skull, can transmit nerve impulses that control motor functions. In the long term, this leads to the creation of weapons systems controlled by human thought.
Another area of DARPA research is the development of bidirectional signal systems. Their goal is to create a new generation of prostheses that can be controlled by the human brain and at the same time receive feedback, which allows you to feel physical touch.