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“The U.S. military is developing binoculars that read the user’s own subconscious brainwaves to help identify threats from afar.

The goggles, announced this week by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Project Agency, have been given the clunky name “Cognitive Technology Threat Warning System” — or CT2WS for short.

“CT2WS built on the concept that humans are inherently adept at detecting the unusual,” the DARPA announcement of the threat-detection system reads. In less vague terms, this means that clever DARPA engineers had the idea to attach the binoculars to an electroencephalogram (EEG) cap, which actually “monitors brain signals in real-time.” The brainwaves and pictures snapped by the binoculars are transmitted to a laptop or another powerful computer, which crunches the data and flags noteworthy images that contain enemies lurking in the distance.

The addition of the EEG cap has cut the false-positive rate from 47 percent to only 9 percent. Add to that commercial radar, and the system is 100 percent effective in identifying enemies in field tests, DARPA claims.”


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