Tapping into the subconscious

May 11, 2007 at 3:00 am Leave a comment

photo taken by Kim in ThailandNot sure what Jung or Freud would make of this. The Pentagon is busily working on a new era of military technology – binoculars 10 times more powerful than anything we have today and that (wait for it) literally taps into a soldier’s subconscious via the prefrontal cortex. Whatever alerts or alarms are in the soldier’s subconscious will be picked up by the technology.

Dubbed “Luke’s Binoculars” after Star Wars, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) expects to have prototypes ready for soldiers within 3 years. Apparently, it will all work by sensing and recognising brainwave signatures and the integrated technology DARPA is using has already been developed, particularly advanced electroencephalograms or EEGs.

The binoculars will have a range of 1,000 to 10,000 meters, compared to the current generation, which can see out only 300 to 1,000 meters. EEG electrodes that monitor neural signals will help soldiers to recognise targets or potential threats faster than the unaided conscious brain can. And this is all based on target and pattern recognition. The prefrontal cortex allows the brain to pick up patterns quickly, but it also exercises a powerful impulse control, which inhibits false alarms. EEG will allow the binoculars to override the inhibitory reaction.

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