Pentagon Project Aims to Create Telepathic Troops
DARPA boffins tasked with turning brain waves into silent words
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 15, 2009 8:40 AM CDT
Military chiefs believe telepathic communication would greatly improve the efficiency of special forces operations.   (AP Photo/Azamat Imanaliev)
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(Newser) – The Pentagon has launched a project officials hope will help soldiers of the future read each other's minds on the battlefield, Wired reports. DARPA—dubbed the military's "mad scientist" division—has been given $4 million to develop technology that can detect and analyze brain waves that precede specific speech. Scientists hope that soldiers will one day be able to read those brain signals via devices such as mind-reading binoculars.

The goal, a researcher for the Silent Talk project said, is to "allow user-to-user communication on the battlefield without the use of vocalized speech through analysis of neural signals."