Imagine a battlefield where troops could read each other’s minds.
It might sound like wild science fiction, but the U.S. army says telepathic troops could be on the field within five years.
The army has dedicated millions of research dollars into figuring out how to build helmets that would allow soldiers to communicate just by thinking.
The technology would use electrodes to pick up special code words.
The research is mostly taking place at the University of California at Irvine, as well as labs in Philadelphia and Maryland.
The Australian reports that scientists call this “synthetic telepathy” and that they may be able to make the technology a reality by 2017.
The website also reported that scientists are maintaining a low-profile after rumors prompted accusations from the public that the government was trying to monitor people’s thoughts.