Every now and then we need a reminder that college isn’t just about chugging beer and getting laid; it’s about working your ass off in the pursuit of knowledge and innovation to make the world a better, more kickass place. Arizona State — a college with a bigger reputation for partying here on BroBible than serious R&D — has a pretty badass project in place developing jet packs for combat soldiers to use in the not-so-distant future. Here’s an explanation from the school’s website:
What if every soldier could run a four-minute mile? That’s the goal behind 4MM, or 4 Minute Mile, a student project to create a wearable jetpack that enhances speed and agility. Working with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and a faculty mentor, Jason Kerestes is the mastermind behind 4MM. He built a prototype of the jetpack and is now testing and refining his design to be as effective as possible.
4 minute mile?! Damn. The future has finally arrived. Soon we’ll have The Six Million Dollar Man IRL. How badass will that be?
Gentlemen, we have the technology.