Perhaps in the hope that military commanders will one day order troops around with their power of their minds, in the style of X-Men's Xavier, the U.S. Army has given a grant of $4 million to "synthetic telepathy" researchers in Irvine, California. I guess the "synthetic" part is supposed to make this all seem more legitimate, because it's computer-mediated telepathy instead of the Ghostbustery kind. Over at Danger Room, Noah Shachtman quotes from the University of California at Irvine researchers:
The brain-computer interface would use a noninvasive brain imaging technology like electroencephalography to let people communicate thoughts to each other. For example, a soldier would "think" a message to be transmitted and a computer-based speech recognition system would decode the EEG signals. The decoded thoughts, in essence translated brain waves, are transmitted using a system that points in the direction of the intended target.
As Shachtman points out, this is just one of several projects the military is funding in the area of what amounts to psychic ops. Last week, intelligence officials released a lengthy report on using neuroscience on the battlefield — including mind control! I'm just excited that this synthetic ESP stuff is being researched in my old hometown of Irvine, which also happens to be in Orange County, where Philip K. Dick's schizo-mind-control novel A Scanner Darkly takes place. You heard it here first: The psychic apocalypse will start in Orange County, CA. Army Funds "Synthetic Telepathy" Research [Danger Room]