Military’s experimental ‘screaming laser’: Not just a heck of a name for a rock band

Military’s experimental ‘screaming laser’: Not just a heck of a name for a rock band
Talk to me, Goose. (Screen grab of YouTube video, Patrick Tucker)

[Ed. – Cubans with sonic-attack set-ups in hotel rooms?  LOOOOO-sers.]

[L]isten carefully for what sounds like a human voice during the second spin. That’s not an audio recording or a broadcast transmitted over radio…it’s not human at all. It’s an auditory effect that’s created by military scientists who manipulated the air with lasers — and it’s the Pentagon’s most interesting idea for stopping people charging checkpoints, or just scaring the crap out of them.

The U.S. military’s Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Program, or JNLWD, is inching closer to a weapon that alters atoms to literally create words from thin air. It’s called the Laser-Induced Plasma Effect and, fingers crossed, they hope to be able to say intelligible words within the next three years. …

“We’re this close to getting it to speak to us. I need three or four more kilohertz,” says David Law, who runs JNLWD’s technology division.

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