MailOnline, April 29, 2013
Posted here: Friday, May 3, 2013 @ 5:00pm
Editor’s Note: This is exactly, almost word for word, what I’ve been warning people about in my Wes Penre Papers”! See for example, http://wespenre.com/3/paper09-machine-kingdom.htm. Reality catches up with my writing faster than I could ever anticipate. No wonder I felt this intuitive urge to complete the papers ASAP! Wes Penre.
Supersoldier of the future (click on image to enlarge)
- High-tech implants in brains could turn square-bashing squaddies into super-intelligent man-machines
- Ministry of Defence report says ‘augmented’ soldiers could even have bodies that self-repair wounds
Warfare may be an awful thing, but it has a habit of accelerating health technology in ways that are helpful to everyone.
For example, in World War II the Allies made significant medical advances in vital areas such as developing antibiotic drugs — which the Germans didn’t possess — and performing lifesaving blood transfusions.
Now, however, the military is developing an alarming new interest in the human body and brain. It wants to create armies of mutant soldiers, equipped with unstoppable physical and mental powers.
Within 30 years, according to newly released Ministry of Defence papers, British soldiers should be able to lift huge weights, run at high speeds over extreme distances, have infra-red night vision built into their brains, and even be capable of transmitting thoughts by electronically aided telepathy.
And this is not just pie-in-the-sky planning. Science is now emerging that may make these army dreams real.
A recent Freedom of Information request revealed details of a two-day future-gazing summit by the MoD’s obscure Development Concepts and Doctrine Centre, where military spooks swapped ideas with experts from universities, industry and government.
The summit concluded that by 2045, advances in medical technology could create a class of genetically superior humans — rather like the super-powered science fiction characters Wolverine, Storm and Rogue from Marvel Comics.
Further details of the military boffins’ thinking are on the internet, in an MoD report titled: Global Strategic Trends Out to 2040. This predicts that advanced drug and genetic technologies will enable armies to reprogram soldiers’ genes, in order to transform them into daunting fighters.
High-tech implants in brains could also help to turn square-bashing squaddies into super-intelligent man-machines. The defence ministry forecasters have given the process a chilling clinical name: ‘human augmentation’. They predict that these brain implants (called ‘cognitive prostheses’) could give solders bionic vision and hearing, as well as towering IQs and total recall.
The MoD report adds that such ‘augmented’ soldiers could even have bodies that self-repair wounds, through the use of what it terms ‘regenerative medicine, tissue engineering and artificial immune systems’.
It all sounds far too fantastic to be real. But, in fact, some of these outlandish predictions are already turning out to be true. Read the rest of this entry »