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DARPA Combines Human Brains and 120-Megapixel Cameras to Create the Ultimate Military Threat Detection System
September 24, 2012 | Telepresence Options
DARPA's CT2WS threat detection system
Extreme Tech, September 24, 2012
After more than four years of research, DARPA has created a system that successfully combines soldiers, EEG brainwave scanners, 120-megapixel cameras, and multiple computers running cognitive visual processing algorithms into a cybernetic hivemind.
Called the Cognitive Technology Threat Warning System (CT2WS), it will be used in a combat setting to significantly improve the US Army's threat detection capabilities.
There are two discrete parts to the system: The 120-megapixel camera, which is tripod-mounted and looks over the battlefield (pictured below); and the computer system, where a soldier sits in front of a computer monitor with an EEG strapped to his head (pictured above).
Images from the camera are fed into the computer system, which runs cognitive visual processing algorithms to detect possible threats (enemy combatants, sniper nests, IEDs).
These possible threats are then shown to a soldier whose brain then works out if they're real threats -- or a false alarm (a tree branch, a shadow thrown by an overheard bird).
The soldier is linked into the computer system via an EEG (electroencephalogram) brain-computer interface that continually scans his brains for P300 responses.
As we've discussed previously (see: Hackers backdoor the human brain), a P300 response is triggered when your brain recognizes something important.
This might be a face of someone you know or the glint of a sniper scope -- it doesn't matter. P300 responses are very reliable and can even be triggered subconsciously.
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