The US military is moving towards cyborg super soldiers, but it’s ‘not ready’ for what that could mean


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The US military envisions a future where warfighters have been enhanced by technological advancements, such as mechanical eye that can see parts of the electromagnetic spectrum beyond visible light or neural implants that allow soldiers to control drones and other systems.
DoD researchers believe the military will have “cyborg soldiers” by 2050. But of course there are a lot of questions surrounding this future force.
“In the next 30 years, you’re going to need to have to deal with these legal and ethical quandaries, and you’re not ready for it,” Peter Emanuel, an Army researcher and the lead expert of a DoD study on cyborg soldiers, told Insider, referring to military leadership.

Cyborg super soldiers enhanced by advancements in bioengineering and other research fields are coming, but the Department of Defense is not prepared for what that will mean for the warfighter, the military as a whole, and civilians.

“In the next 30 years, you’re going to need to have to deal with these legal and ethical quandaries, and you’re not ready for it,” Peter Emanuel, an Army researcher and the lead author of a year-long DoD study, said.

In recent years, the medical community has made great strides in prosthetics and implants as technology has created new possibilities.

The US military envisions a future where in the next few decades, soldiers could become enhanced through ocular, auditory, muscular, and even neural augmentations, such as retinal overlays or neural implants that fuse man and machine in unprecedented ways.

There are obviously huge technical challenges to radically redesigning human beings, but, perhaps more importantly, there are also countless ethical and legal concerns. With these developments will inevitably come a tug-of-war between what can be done and what should be done.

“When you talk about somebody who lost their sight because of a bomb blast or somebody who lost …read more

Source:: Business Insider

      

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