“We’ve now reached the point where we could potentially manipulate people’s DNA to give them more strength, stamina and other things, just like we do with animals,” Clarke said. “Just like we did with standard cattle to give them more back, we can now do it very precisely with humans.”
As for China, members of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army are “subjected to science-fiction-type human tests to create” biologically enhanced “super soldiers.John Ratcliffe, the director of national intelligence, discussed it in a Wall Street Journal editorial, saying it was part of China’s plan to take control of “the planet economically, militarily and technologically.”
According to The Sun, some of the specific technologies being worked on are brain microchips, bionic eyes, super hearing, health implants, enhanced limbs, exoskeleton legs, synthetic blood, and pain immunity. .
Hopefully, this push towards super soldiers doesn’t set us on the path to destruction like it may have for the extraterrestrial civilizations that have been destroyed by progress.
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