Fire­fox downed by real life

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BOFFINS are just a few years away from mak­ing weapons con­trolled en­tirely by the mind – just like in the 1982 movie Fire­fox.

Ad­vances in neu­ro­science mean that hard­ware such as pi­lot­less at­tack planes op­er­ated by thoughts are en­tirely fea­si­ble.

Brain­wave con­trolled drones could re­quire less ef­fort and just a few re­mote pi­lots to keep in the air.

Pro­fes­sor Rod Flower, a bio­chemist at the Univer­sity of London, said: “At the mo­ment, drone con­trol is like con­trol­ling a model air­craft, but some time in the not too dis­tant fu­ture a drone will be con­trolled by us­ing your thoughts.”

U.S. mil­i­tary re­search or­gan­i­sa­tion Darpa has been work­ing on a ‘hair­net’ of elec­trodes that records brain waves and has been used to re­veal what an­a­lysts missed while study­ing satel­lite images.

Clint East­wood’s Soviet thought­con­trol war­plane movie Fire­fox ( right), looked fan­tas­tic back in 1982 – now it looks like it could eas­ily be over­taken by sci­ence.

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