Military Review

Pentagon prepares to read minds

The US Department of Defense announced its new developments, which can significantly simplify the surveillance of the so-called "enemies of democracy", as well as the elimination of citizens, "threatening the security of the state." We are talking about the creation of worm robots penetrating under the skin, the army of terminators and devices capable of reading people's thoughts. It is worth noting that the operator of the state order for all these high-tech devices is DARPA - an agency of advanced defense research projects. This is a separate division of the US Department of Defense, which was created in 1958 year - on the day when President Dwight Eisenhower realized that he was losing the battle for space exploration. The purpose of this agency was the development of various high-tech devices for the needs of the American army, which would be more complex than a potential enemy could counter them.

During the Cold War, the main areas of DARPA work were air, sea, and ground military technologies — reducing visibility (stealth technology), components of a strategic defense initiative, space probes, tactical armor, automatic target recognition, and much more. At the same time, the best DARPA specialists have always been “moved” by the fanatics of their business (in a good way), many of them were recruited by the military agency while studying at universities, but the main part was recruited among the staff of successful startups. Currently, the agency employs about 240 employees, who every month learn about 2,8 billion dollars from the US budget. At the same time, since DARPA implements mainly short-term projects that are implemented by small, specially hired teams for this, funding for activities can be increased several times at any time.

Currently DARPA is still working on developing technical “surprises” that might surprise the enemies of the United States. The list of projects implemented by this agency is truly impressive, as well as the developments here. In mid-October, the agency 2013 announced that it was half way to developing a device that could read human thoughts.

Pentagon prepares to read minds

The application posted by the agency notes that modern electroencephalography devices, which are widely used in medicine, do not meet the interests of military and operational goals due to their large size. Scientists face the challenge of developing a portable analogue of an electroencephalograph and making significant progress in reading human brain activity. It is reported that the implementation of this project can "revolutionize science", as well as simplify access to the detection of commercial secrets of a potential enemy and provide new opportunities for intelligence services.

Also, the developed unit is planned to be used in a large policy, as it will allow maximum use of the resources of the crowd. This was told to American journalists by an anonymous informant, according to whom the main goal of this project is nothing less than “struggle against extremism and political dissent with the help of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)” along with a complicated kind of propaganda based on this technology. This, in essence, is about “pushing” into the consciousness of the masses the necessary ideas.

Such DARPA studies can be troubling, as they involve a range of ethical issues. Although so far the kingdom of the "Matrix" on Earth has not yet come, and all this is still more like the works of modern utopian writers. However, work in the direction of reading human thoughts in the United States is really underway. Information about this has repeatedly appeared in the press and in 2008, and 2012 year.

According to RIA "News”, The Pentagon believes that the technology of mind reading in the future can assist in creating devices that would allow us to read the minds of wounded soldiers who received brain injuries, and possibly also be used for interrogation of prisoners of war. The project to develop such a device immediately unites 3 American universities: Carnegie Mellon University (PA), University of California, University of Maryland.

Scientists are studying the signals of the human brain, trying to decode messages, as well as to determine who it was addressed to. For this purpose, electroencephalography is used - a modern method for diagnosing a functional brain, its state, which is based on measuring the electrical activity of the brain. First, special electrodes were fixed on the volunteers' heads, after which they were asked to mentally pronounce certain words. At the same time, the brain activity of the subject is continuously recorded, and the results are summarized and analyzed. In the future, scientists are going to present a device that could recognize a person’s thoughts and reproduce them in text or audio format.

It is worth noting that interest in decoding brain activity arose about 10 years ago, when neuroscientists finally realized that the MRI scanned - magnetic resonance imaging - provides a huge amount of information, which remains unclaimed. This research method allows to identify brain activity and its level by identifying areas that are actively saturated with oxygenated blood. For analysis, the human brain is divided into separate “cubes” - voxels (they are a three-dimensional analogue of pixels). Scientists see which voxels react most strongly to various stimuli, for example, to images of human faces. Thus, discarding not the most active voxels, those areas of the brain that are responsible for processing the incoming visual information are determined.

In 2008, the first decoder was introduced, which could determine which of the 120 photos the test subject is viewing at a given time. The device was created by a group of Jack Gallent from the University of California. Determining a particular photo that a person thinks about is a very difficult task. The next step is to develop a decoder that could play primitive films about what a person sees.

Starting around 2006 for a year, researchers around the world are working to create decoders to solve various problems: for working memory, when people hold a fact or a figure in their memory; for visual images that occur when a person imagines a particular scene; to study intentions when the subject makes a decision to add or subtract. The latter is the most difficult, since the pictures can be grouped by content or color, but the rules governing the person’s intentions are not so easy to identify.

The Jack Gallant laboratory already has preliminary information about how difficult this task is. Using the example of the popular computer game Counter Strike, researchers tried to predict whether the player would turn left or right, shoot, or chase the enemy. At the same time, the player's intentions regarding his movements more or less turned out to be deciphered, but here everything else in the received MRI was overwhelmed by strong emotional signals, which were most striking when the character of the hero was dying or shooting at the enemy.

Information sources:
—Http: //
—Http: //
—Http: //
Dear reader, to leave comments on the publication, you must to register.

I have an account? Sign in

  1. vthrehbq
    vthrehbq 29 October 2013 11: 30 New
    There is a brain institute in Moscow, several times in the press there was information that similar developments have been underway in our country for about 30 years. The most spectacular statement was made a year ago. Paratroopers involved in the capture of an airfield controlled by NATO immediately after the Yugoslav war underwent brain scans at this institute. The purpose of the scan is the selection of soldiers who will precisely fulfill the command order + reinforce morale.
    1. Sadikoff
      Sadikoff 29 October 2013 14: 44 New
      You can link about this - the seizure of the airfield in Pristina was not authorized even by its leadership. There was external control, unknown to anyone, smile
  2. Maximus-xnumx
    Maximus-xnumx 29 October 2013 11: 48 New
    These are only preliminary experiments. Before the introduction of industrial designs is still very far away.
  3. washi
    washi 29 October 2013 12: 56 New
    Departments of Psychological Processing were created in the USSR Armed Forces a long time ago at intelligence agencies. The fact that they were not used for their intended purpose: these are problems of the command and political dealers who did not want to share powers.
    As a result: competent psychologists were on duty on the boards, instead of working on the sustainability of their troops and disorganizing opponents.
  4. pensioner
    pensioner 29 October 2013 13: 50 New
    Pentagon prepares to read minds

    I don’t know, I don’t know ... In our EVAKU, Mr. Spanagel easily read the thoughts of all his subordinates, without exception. Once I went into the teaching room and asked: "Well ... are we waiting for Friday?" And after all, I read my thoughts ... And once a cadet almost knocked him down on the stairs. Spanagel built it and asked "You sonny probably ... (in general, enter into intimate relations with women) if you want to run so fast?" Well, who's to say that this is not true?
  5. Ddhal
    Ddhal 29 October 2013 14: 42 New
    A person is inclined even to think of sincerely loved people with suspicion. This is compensatory thinking so that the "fuses" do not blow out.
    I am afraid that these researchers will soon find out that the labyrinth of thoughts is very reminiscent of a looped fractal.
    Simply put, they can extract from the brain only very concentrated thoughts of an extremely negative plan, such as "well, you are an infection, dear" (softened)
  6. JIaIIoTb
    JIaIIoTb 29 October 2013 16: 53 New
    I sympathize with the American scientist who will make an attempt to read the thoughts of a Russian woman. laughing He will receive a one-time array of information about everything, including the universe, as well as about what she will do with her husband returning from the bar, with the child receiving a deuce, whether the linen is dry and what a bastard the neighbor looked askance at when she dragged a bunch of packages from the store and so on ad infinitum laughing
  7. Black
    Black 29 October 2013 20: 40 New
    It's about creating worm robots that penetrate the skin,

    ... and sperm robots ....
    1. poquello
      poquello 29 October 2013 22: 10 New
      Quote: Chen
      It's about creating worm robots that penetrate the skin,

      ... and sperm robots ....

      the bug robot drinks enemy blood and crawls to the reception point, the Blohandroids were probably tested in Syria, but they have problems with recognizing "friend or foe"
  8. Mikhail3
    Mikhail3 29 October 2013 21: 07 New
    Thought recognition systems are being developed by many commercial development groups. Somehow I saw a couple of programs about these on TV. Actually, since the advent of really fast processes, this is simply a technical problem. The algorithm is many times more complicated than it is described here, I hope that this is because the development is included in the list of "impressive developments" of a cool darpa. That is, someone is simply milking the Darpu with the issue of the magazine "Young Technician" at the ready.
    But for many more years, reading protection will not be difficult. Well, as for whom, of course. Those who do not indulge in thinking are best protected. wink Well, for people who can't help thinking ... two-threaded thinking will tightly hang any supercomputer. "Lake", that is, a mirror, as you like, in general there is a lot more. Not scary yet.
  9. Asan Ata
    Asan Ata 30 October 2013 02: 24 New
    What does not create a person for self-destruction! And on the other hand, billions for every r is the norm, and you cannot program an insight into an idea.
  10. twister
    twister 31 October 2013 12: 47 New
    Here the Japanese have long been using micro robots to carry out the elimination of tumors inside the body.
  11. Neighbor
    Neighbor 10 November 2013 20: 04 New
    This is very necessary for politicians, so that people know how honest they are. Well, and accordingly voted.