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Pentagon plans for telepathic troops within five years

US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, left, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey, right, participate in a news briefing at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia on May 10.

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The US Army is dedicating millions of research dollars into building helmets to allow soldiers to telepathically communicate with one another on the battlefield.

The technology, which seems like something out of a science fiction novel, would use electrodes to pick up code words that soldiers were thinking. Those codewords would then be transmitted back to a computer with the soldier’s position and message— telling, for instance, that it is safe to progress towards a target — which would be transmitted to their peers in the field.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) was established in 1958 and is dedicated to expanding the Department of Defense’ technology usage, some of which includes state-of-the-art, and top secret, research into the mind.

Based largely out of the University of California, Irvine, in conjunction with labs in Philadelphia and Maryland, scientists are trying to improve so-called “synthetic telepathy” so that it could be used on the battlefield.

Thus far, 45 percent of the commands that are transmitted from one volunteer to another — like “call in helicopter” or “enemy ahead” — are correct. That statistic is expected to improve.

(Liberty Times)








1. telepathically adv.

心電感應地 (xin1 dian4 gan3 ying4 de5)

例: The band functions almost telepathically.


2. state-of-the-art adj.

最先進的 (zui4 xian1 jin4 de5)

例: The city aims to build a state-of-the-art hospital with cutting-edge health care.


3. in conjunction with prep. phr.

與…共同 (yu3 … gong4 tong2)

例: He runs a store in conjunction with a relative.


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