Great Expectations

The Pentagon is eyeing various scientific advances that promise to make soldiers stronger and smarter. Some researchers, meanwhile, are uncertain about the efficacy of those techniques.(Photo: Staff Sgt. William Gillespie, 319th Mobile Public Affairs Deta) As a member of the military – or anyone, for that matter – wouldn’t it be nice to simply wear a pair of headphones and see yourself become smarter, faster and stronger? That is the promise of one of the technologies now lined up for funding under the tutelage of the Pentagon’s Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) arm. In opening a Boston office for the outfit recently, Defense Secretary Ash Carter raved that a company named Halo Neuroscience was tapped to see if its commercially offered technology could help US special forces improve “marksmanship, close-quarters combat…

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