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

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On Wired's Danger Room Military Must Prep Now for ‘Mutant’ Future, Researchers Warn
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.


“With military enhancements and other technologies, the genie’s already out of the bottle: the benefits are too irresistible, and the military-industrial complex still has too much momentum,” Lin says in an e-mail. “The best we can do now is to help develop policies in advance to prepare for these new technologies, not post hoc or after the fact (as we’re seeing with drones and cyberweapons).”
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I don't care if you are a genetically mutated super soldier in a cybernetic exo-skeleton some **** is still going to call you a hat.
 
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Its already been done silly !!! look at the comic 2000AD starting about the mid 80s .. Rogue Trooper.. norts v southers for Nu earth the planet closest to a very strategic black hole.Not sure being bright blue confers any advantage though..
 
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I think some college nerds got a bit to carried away comparing White Dwarf editions...

The only way this sort of thing will fly is some sort of orphan/artifical child bearing type scenario cum military creche.

Think 'Soldier'* (is that the one where the old soldiers are washed out, and replaced by new mutants) or Dark Angel with the rather shaggable Jesscia Alba.

* In this the soldiers number, rank insignia and blood group was tattoed on the left(?) cheek. It always puzzled me, as to why you would spend so much time and effort finding super soldiers, but then not keep them the same blood group...
 
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Aliens. Don't forget aliens. We must always be prepared for those little buggers.
 
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Too late, we have had soldiers with 'enhancements' for years.

We used to get guys to pop a little blue pill in the morning then run about all day with a raging hard on. Amused us for hours, though apparently its quite painful after a while.... even more so when people kept 'flicking' it!
 
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Sounds like Eton?
 
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Too late, we have had soldiers with 'enhancements' for years.

We used to get guys to pop a little blue pill in the morning then run about all day with a raging hard on. Amused us for hours, though apparently its quite painful after a while.... even more so when people kept 'flicking' it!
We spiked one of our lads with them in a club. He got a few slaps on the dancefloor and was not amused when every jazzmag on camp found its way under the door of his **** pit.....ungrateful ****.

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Royal Ninja Turtle Rifles, here we come!
 

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Its already been done silly !!! look at the comic 2000AD starting about the mid 80s .. Rogue Trooper.. norts v southers for Nu earth the planet closest to a very strategic black hole.Not sure being bright blue confers any advantage though..
How has that gem never been made into a film?

Actually, knowing Hollywood, they would probably **** it right up.
 
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Genetic enhancements? Some people really do have too much time on their hands. Now if you'll excuse me I'm off to measure the methane output of male bovines...
 
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I've been pondering what to say about this for a while.
I suppose the only major point i can make on this would be this: If you as CDS had the option of tinkering a bit (I.E Tablets, minor implants or whatever) with your soliders and it meant that more of them would come home then would you? We are damn close to the limits of human capability in many area's of fighting but imagine if the SAS had a suppliment to let them see in the dark without NVG or pilots who can interface better/faster with their jets.
Feel free to tear me to shreds but i think we should disregard the attention seeking headline and look at the more realistic aspects of this story.

Ps i have a truely horrific flu right now so i might be talking bollocks, or it might come out as gibberish
 
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How has that gem never been made into a film?

Actually, knowing Hollywood, they would probably **** it right up.
Rogue Trooper is blue-skinned. If anyone made the film, they'd be accused of trying to rip off Avatar...even though the comic strip predates it by decades.:roll:

If they ever do make it, though, Jason Stratham would be perfect in the title role.^_~
 
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Somebody's been spending too much time watching Dolf Lundgren in Universal Soldier.
The speculative 'Universal Soldier' story was about a decade after EPO came into common usage and fell out again due to dangers of overuse, and two decades behind RBC loading. Of course while neither are capable of reanimation, both significantly improved performance through the increase of active red blood cells.

The XOS combat exoskeleton system from Raytheon entered it's second generation back in 2010, although for all practical purposes it is still very much an immature technology, it is proving itself an effective multiplier.

With IOLs now a medical reality and digital retinal implants showing promise beyond their current simple form, enhanced C4I by means of human/computer integration is no longer an improbable theory.
 

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