France last week gave the green light to augmented soldiers, and some fear super soldiers may be the new normal in the recent future.
The French seek to improve “physical, cognitive, perceptual and psychological abilities” and could allow spotting or connectivity with weapon systems and other soldiers. Among the ministry’s research were drugs to keep troops awake for long periods of time and combat stress, and even surgery to improve hearing.
The new species of augmented soldiers, nicknamed “homo robocopus”, may also have altered DNA to give them increased speed and strength as well as robotics.
Michael Clarke, visiting professor of war studies at Kings College London (KCL), said participant Sun could “use DNA like a farmer does in a herd of cattle.”
“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.”
Clarke added that the bio-race is being fueled internationally due to concerns about the Chinese agenda.
“What they’re all thinking about is what might happen in 30 years, given 10 more years of development and experimentation,” Clarke told the newspaper. “The Chinese in 30 years could have a cohort of 20-year-olds who have special characteristics that they might have tried to replicate by manipulating DNA.
Due to the manipulation of DNA, future soldiers could also be immune to disease and feelings.
A recent report from the International Society for Military Ethics in Europe obtained by the Sun reveals a dystopian arena full of bionic men capable of fighting “all the time.”
“The improved soldiers would be reduced to bionic men, who run fast, don’t need to sleep, eat and drink very little and can fight all the time,” the report said. “A new species is born: Homo robocopus.”
Sir Lawrence Freedman, professor of war studies at KCL, told the Sun that robotics was more important: “There are people who go back to combat in ways they couldn’t have done before because that the prostheses have been improved. You can use Google glasses, there are a lot of things you can now do with a modern soldier that makes them much more effective than they were in the past. If you want people to only act on orders that present great danger, the other trend that you can see that is quite active right now is drones, autonomous vehicles, etc.
While France claims to respect humanitarian law, the French Minister of the Armed Forces, Florence Parly, warned: “We must be clear, not everyone has the same scruples as us and we must prepare for such a future. », She declared.
Here is some of the technology going to create “homo robocopus,” according to the Sun.
Brain microchips – France has received authorization to develop microchips to improve the brain power of soldiers.
Bionic eyes – Developed in Hong Kong, this gives users infrared and night vision.
Super audition – The United States Tactical Communication and Protection System are smart headphones that boost soldiers’ hearing to make them almost superhuman.
Health implant – DARPA, the Pentagon’s research arm, is developing cyborg implants to monitor combat effectiveness.
Improved members – A Devcom report revealed plans to equip U.S. soldiers with upgraded limbs for increased strength.
Exosquelette legs – The US military has tested an exoskeleton that can be attached to a soldier’s legs and can increase his productivity up to 27 times.
Synthetic blood – The respirocyte is a theoretical red blood cell that could help soldiers not to run out of breath and stay underwater for hours.
Immunity to pain – DARPA’s Persistence in Combat initiative would allow soldiers to suppress their pain for 30 days.