Danger Room: Military Must Prep Now for ‘Mutant’ Future, Researchers Warn

31.12.12

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Lockheed Martin tests its Human Universal Load Carrier exoskeleton. Photo: Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin tests its Human Universal Load Carrier exoskeleton. Photo: Lockheed Martin

by DAVID AXE

The U.S. military is already using, or fast developing, a wide range of technologies meant to give troops what California Polytechnic State University researcher Patrick Lin calls “mutant powers.” Greater strength and endurance. Superior cognition. Better teamwork. Fearlessness.

But the risk, ethics and policy issues arising out of these so-called “military human enhancements” — including drugs, special nutrition, electroshock, gene therapy and robotic implants and prostheses — are poorly understood, Lin and his colleagues Maxwell Mehlman and Keith Abney posit in a new report for The Greenwall Foundation (.pdf), scheduled for wide release tomorrow. In other words, we better think long and hard before we unleash our army of super soldiers.

If we don’t, we could find ourselves in big trouble down the road. Among the nightmare scenarios: Botched enhancements could harm the very soldiers they’re meant to help and spawn pricey lawsuits. Tweaked troopers could run afoul of international law, potentially sparking a diplomatic crisis every time the U.S. deploys troops overseas. And poorly planned enhancements could provoke disproportionate responses by America’s enemies, resulting in a potentially devastating arms race.

Read the rest at Danger Room.

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One Response to “Danger Room: Military Must Prep Now for ‘Mutant’ Future, Researchers Warn”

  1. jimmy says:

    The US is relishing the idea of having its future army filled with ubersoldiers that will replace the current aimless American inner city youths as its global combat killers. But will it make a difference to places like Okinawa which have suffered waves of sex attacks at the hands of the US military ?

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