(By, Kevin Le)
Whenever people debate about which superpower is the best, telepathy, and more specifically, mind control, is always a strong contender. Just take Dr. Xavier from X-Men, for example. He may be crippled and in a wheelchair, yet he still garners the most authority amongst all the mutants because of his telepathic skills. Now, this science fiction superpower become a reality. An Arizona State University teacher, working under a grant from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), is currently developing a military helmet capable of regulating soldiers’ brain.
The implications of such a technology in battle would be game-changing. Using a controller, the soldier could send pulses to simulate and relax certain areas of the brain. If the soldier is sleepy and needs to stay alert, all they need to do is press a button. Conversely, if the soldier needs sleep or feels stressed, they can send a pulse to the hypothalamus or pituitary gland to relax themselves. However, the implications of a mind-control helmet runs deeper than regulating a steady sleep cycle. Using this technology, a soldier could become oblivious to pain, thus eliminating the need for narcotics such as morphine. And one day, these pulses may even be able to unlock certain survival instincts in the military to make whole armies of soldiers with superhuman speed, strength, and endurance.
As stated above, the helmets will be equipped with a technology capable of simulating or relaxing different areas of the brain. This technology is called transcranial pulsed ultrasound, a type of high-frequency sound wave able to penetrate a person’s neural system. Under the influence of these wavelengths, the neurons will be prompted to send impulses to their targets (the soldiers), thus controlling their minds.
Yet, mind-control helmets are still a very controversial topic. Although there are many people who believe that such a thing will never exist, those who do believe feel that the government will brainwash soldiers and turn soldiers from people of courage and honor into programmable robots. Another issue is hacking — if these helmets work off of wavelength frequencies, it is not an impossibility for other people to intercept these frequencies. In other words, these helmets have the potential to either aid the defenders of our country – or turn them against us. Whether or not mind-control helmets would be a good or bad thing is up to the individual to decide.
“The mind can be our best friend and advocate in getting what we want in life, or it can pull the brakes on and be a nasty little foe – the choice is yours – choose your attitude.” – Rachael Birmingham