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What Else Are You Reading? > Funny you should mention that- Old mans war

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message 1: by Warren (new)

Warren | 1556 comments I'm not sure if this should go under books (Old Mans War) or news. In any case-
"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…."

http://goo.gl/NdghH


message 2: by Daran (new)

Daran | 599 comments We once had the same moral quandaries about machine guns, gas, and aeroplanes. Then about nuclear weapons and biological weapons. Currently it's about drones.

Of course there's the added problem of enhancing soldiers beyond a certain point of when do you stop being human?

Personally, I think we should just chuck it all, and settler our differences with giant Mechs.


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