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The United States Army hopes to read the minds of its soldiers by monitoring brain activity and body responses

A new system designed to aid soldiers will use neuro-physiological sensors to help monitor the brain activity of U.S. Army personnel out in the field.  Some of the things measured and recorded include the heart rate and brain activity of the soldiers.  Once the data has been processed, the system will hopefully influence what a soldier does in certain situations.

The U.S. Army, Honeywell and the Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) are working on the new wireless technology that will be integrated into the Army's Future Force Warrior program.

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By NoToRiOuS1 on 1/18/2006 4:08:23 AM , Rating: 3
ill just plug the controller into the second port.
lets see if the DARPA or anyone else for that matter can read my mind then. :P

RE: meh
By Typhax on 1/18/2006 6:32:13 AM , Rating: 2
I can't describe how funny that was!!!
No one else got it!!

RE: meh
By Chapbass on 1/18/2006 12:19:53 PM , Rating: 2
ROFL. I can't read DARPA without thinking george byrd freaking out and randomly dieing or something....

BTW, ever tried to do it without using the 2nd controller port? It took me 45 minutes, but I did it.. :D.

RE: meh
By NullSubroutine on 1/18/2006 5:32:51 PM , Rating: 2
lmfao, yah i got it mgs for all you noobs out there.

Test on Sex Offenders First!
By Lord 666 on 1/18/2006 12:01:30 PM , Rating: 2
Great guinea pigs plus there is a huge need to track them 24/7. With the monitors that DARPA is suggesting, it can easily set of SNMP alerts based and possibly predict future crimes. Forget Jacob's Ladder... Minority Report is more like it but with real proof of physiological conditions and not ESP.

Always read in the paper how some convited sex offender wronged a child, look at all of the FL cases.

Even worse is with Katrina, there are thousands of sex offenders that did not report their new locations. If this technology was being used, it wouldn't be an issue.

RE: Test on Sex Offenders First!
By bldckstark on 1/18/2006 12:15:13 PM , Rating: 2
Get a grip. Your idea violates several God given, inalienable rights. Secondly, this whole sex offender thing is out of hand. If someone commits statutory rape they now have to list their whereabouts 24/7/365. I know a guy who was 19, slept with a cops 17 yr old daughter and he did two years for it. He is now labeled as a sex offender for the rest of his life. Somebody has got to get a multi-tier system on this. I used to be a correctional officer (prison guard) so I understand that violent, or child molesters should be watched.

BTW, whenever the power goes out in a prison and it gets really dark, the first thing that happens is the child molesters get raped, and the crap beat out of them. Even convicts hate them. Most guards look the other way. Some run the other way. I laughed. Then ran.

RE: Test on Sex Offenders First!
By Lord 666 on 1/18/2006 12:31:53 PM , Rating: 3
Based on what you wrote, its seems like you agree.

1. You said to have a tiered system - thats what they have now - Color coded based on level. My home state, NJ, and the start of Megan's Law has even a better site:

2. You agree that violent or child molesters should be watched. Since you are an ex-CO, then you understand about recidivism. For those that don't, check out In a nutshell, its the chances of repeating a crime. With sex offenders, the root cause could be either physiological (brain damage) or mental health... prison does not address either one. So once sex offenders are out of jail, their recidivism is extremely high... with the exception of your friend since that was just a bad judgement call.

3. If you really were a CO, most facilities have seperate cell blocks for sex offenders because of that reason EVERYONE hates them. Maybe you worked in county or local level, but nothing state or Fed level since thats where the segregation starts.

4. Don't pull that God given right stuff especially with the scientifically proven recidivism is much higher than others. Sex offenders are legally required to report their locations (as with all ex-prisoners during their length of parole) to their parole officer. Once they do not, they are commiting a crime and tracking them electronically will just reduce finding them before they commit another crime.

5. Your friend had a bad lawyer or the cop pulled some strings or he lives in Colorado.

By NullSubroutine on 1/18/2006 5:44:02 PM , Rating: 2
There is preliminary evidence that anti-obessive/compulsive medication cures sex offenders desires for young children.

The justice system has been continually pulling away from rehabilitation due to public pressure and a vengeful blameful society, which would rather punish people than actually help them and cure the disease.

The public believes that sex offenders openly chooses to commit the acts, and children will have to pay the price for the publics ignorance until it recognizes deterrment does not work with people who have a diease, nor does punishment prevent future action. Also "locking" only prevents that one offender from ever doing it again. If locking them up or killing them worked we wouldnt have the same problem several thousand years later.

By antiprnt on 1/18/2006 12:20:24 AM , Rating: 2

RE: cool
By Romek on 1/18/2006 3:01:35 PM , Rating: 2

DARPA Mind Readers
By michaelpatrick33 on 1/18/2006 1:11:02 AM , Rating: 3
I would tell you what I think DARPA but they are ... controlling my .... mind ... citizens .... place tin foil and .... egg cartons on walls before it is too late. VOICE in head: move it soldier, there be pirates near. ARRRGGGHHHHH

not going to work
By nomagic on 1/18/2006 1:06:59 PM , Rating: 3
As of today, what we know about our brain is minimal. You may think our neuroscience is advanced enough to fully understand the human brain. But we dont.

The mind reading project will only be able to detect simple patterns such as anger, fear or happiness. Or simply, it will end up being a lie detector.

Maybe in 20 years, we will have REAL mind reading machines, but not today.

Hell yes!
By Rage187 on 1/18/2006 1:11:51 AM , Rating: 2
There are but a few times in man's history where people will look back and wish they could have been part or have at least seen it, so we are indeed lucky. I consider myself very fortunate to witness history being made in technology.

By android1st on 1/18/2006 2:05:10 AM , Rating: 2
The headline is pretty disappointing here, guys. Even though this is the internet, can we at least try to keep journalism professional?

By Griswold on 1/18/2006 5:21:28 AM , Rating: 2
First it was Land Warrior, now it's Future Force Warrior - sorry guys, Power Rangers is already taken.

They can read minds?
By keitaro on 1/18/2006 5:39:53 AM , Rating: 2
Somehow I think having Zoolander being our soldier of the future is a better idea than a mind-reading system...

By knowyourenemy on 1/18/2006 6:27:54 AM , Rating: 2
Just remember that the job of any administration is to put the best face on a story. This does not feel kosher at all.

Chip in the head
By Saintfluffy on 1/18/2006 10:37:38 AM , Rating: 2
So they gonna put a metal piece into the head?

By palteth on 1/18/2006 11:09:10 AM , Rating: 2
This article is misleading in its statements. When the public thinks of mind-reading we think of the ability to get processed information or memories. What DARPA is simply doing is using ERP electrodes to monitor stress and alertness. While it is true this is interesting technology we have had ERP since the 1920s. And while we have learned a lot more through its use since then its use can hardly be called mind reading.

By bupkus on 1/18/2006 11:35:03 AM , Rating: 2
Jacob's ladder?

By Romek on 1/18/2006 2:59:03 PM , Rating: 2
"We basically took a look at this situation and said, this is bullshit." -- Newegg Chief Legal Officer Lee Cheng's take on patent troll Soverain
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