The device would convert neurons in the brain to electronic signals, communicating with electronics. In the first line to benefit will be those with disabilities, including veterans of combat. “Imagine what will become possible when we upgrade our tools to really open the channel between the human brain and modern electronics,” Phillip Alvelda, the NESD program manager, said in a statement. The implant would be small, no larger than one cubic centimeter. A spokesman for DARPA told to the media that the program is not intended for military applications, at least for the instant. Steven Pinker, a cognitive scientist and professor of psychology at Harvard, is however skeptical of the proposed innovation, calling the idea a “bunch of hype with no results.” If the work will progress, it will be a long time before the device could be used.