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Army plans to turn soldiers into telepaths

By T.K. Randall
July 27, 2011 · Comment icon 16 comments



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Soldiers may one day communicate with one another on the battlefield with the power of thought.
This bold idea could be made possible through the technology of synthetic telepathy, the use of devices that could allow a machine to understand and communicate one soldier's thoughts to their squadmates without anyone having to utter a word.
As improbable as it sounds, synthetic telepathy, as the technology is called, is getting closer to battlefield reality. Within a decade Special Forces could creep into the caves of Tora Bora to snatch Al Qaeda operatives, communicating and coordinating without hand signals or whispered words.


Source: Discover Magazine | Comments (16)


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Comment icon #7 Posted by V__ 12 years ago
Even on small scale operations.. make sure they are trained to even control their thoughts.. Or thinking of the wrong thing at the wrong time will mess up a lot
Comment icon #8 Posted by minimom 12 years ago
sounds like a good place to start trimming the federal budget. I'd rather the money be spent on decent base housing. You know, something useful.
Comment icon #9 Posted by MusicalProphecies 12 years ago
They would probably have to practice meditation to learn how to control their thoughts. Imagine someone with OCD with the cap on I agree with Tyr the Warrior that it will probably be for special operations.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Annabis 12 years ago
In my opinion, this would be used for very specialized teams on ATS missions. In which case these men would already be masters of controlling their thoughts.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Ravinar 12 years ago
from my understanding they only intend to use the part of the brain that controls speech. so i think as long as people have at least enough control not to think out a full word or sentence they should be fine. so its not like your deepest thoughts and feelings will be communicated to any one. but still an amazing technology none the less and yet again whats the first application for it? yep its gonna be used so we can better kill each other with it.
Comment icon #12 Posted by TheSpoonyOne 12 years ago
What's wrong with a radio? Better yet what's wrong with speaking? Ugh, why am I acting like this is even possible?
Comment icon #13 Posted by The Silver Thong 12 years ago
Even on small scale operations.. make sure they are trained to even control their thoughts.. Or thinking of the wrong thing at the wrong time will mess up a lot Maybe this will end up turning us into the borg. One collective one mind
Comment icon #14 Posted by Terra 333 12 years ago
Soldiers capable of thought....Hmmmmm, that's a good one. If they had the ability to think....would they be soldiers? This truly frightens me, as I had good friends come back from the military, minus any morality or ability to think for themselves as they did before thier brains were screwed up by the military. "Soldiering" (as Einstein) so eloquently pointed out, is just a way to commit murder legally. We need to spend those "Trillions" that are bankrupting our country...on ways to improve the world, not destroy it. A global insanity is what war is....nothing more. It is a racket, a way for t... [More]
Comment icon #15 Posted by Taut 12 years ago
Money much better spent elsewhere. And we wonder why we have a trillion dollar debt. Give me a break. It's like giving your ten year old a hundred bucks in the dollar store and saying, be sure to spend all of this. Never know what you are going to get for your money.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Ravinar 12 years ago
Money much better spent elsewhere. And we wonder why we have a trillion dollar debt. Give me a break. It's like giving your ten year old a hundred bucks in the dollar store and saying, be sure to spend all of this. Never know what you are going to get for your money. Science is NEVER a bad investment and FYI we are in debt because of "less government, less regulation". this is a great technology they are pursuing. the only problem with it is its intended use. we need to use are technology to help solve the problems of the world and make it a better place for every one. we don't need to be usin... [More]


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