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Vision of a Mutant Future
Military Must Prep Now for 'Mutant' Future, Researchers Warn ... 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. – Wired
Dominant Social Theme: Mutant soldiers are the next step in spreading freedom around the world.
Free-Market Analysis: We stand in awe of yet another dominant social theme, which has to do with the inevitability of human engineering and eventual merger with machines.
But please! ... This cannot be done by just anyone. People generally are not clamoring to be turned into quasi-robots, so who could possibly be behind such a strange idea?
Well, as this article points out, the military-industrial complex surely thinks it is a good idea.
This is perhaps a subdominant social theme: that only the regnant state itself with virtually unlimited resources and the service of the world's best minds can create the next step of humankind's inevitable evolution.
In fact, this is part of a larger power elite ambition, which is apparently first to cull the human population of its useless eaters and then to create super-beings (under strict control) with what's left.
For the moment we are simply supposed to be dazzled by the ambition and awed by the concept. Feel the power? Here's more from the article (paragraphing ours):
"With military enhancements and other technologies, the genie's already out of the bottle: the benefits are too irresistible, and the military-industrial complex still has too much momentum," Lin says in an e-mail. "The best we can do now is to help develop policies in advance to prepare for these new technologies, not post hoc or after the fact (as we're seeing with drones and cyberweapons)."
Case in point: On April 18, 2002, a pair of Air Force F-16 fighter pilots returning from a 10-hour mission over Afghanistan saw flashes on the ground 18,000 feet below them. Thinking he and his wingman were under fire by insurgents, Maj. Harry Schmidt dropped a 500-pound laser-guided bomb. There were no insurgents — just Canadian troops on a live-fire exercise, four of whom were killed in the blast.
The Air Force ultimately dropped criminal charges against Schmidt and wingman Maj. William Umbach but did strip them of their wings. In a letter of reprimand, Air Force Lt. Gen. Bruce Carlson accused Schmidt of "willful misconduct" and "gross poor judgment."
Schmidt countered, saying he was jittery from taking the stimulant Dexedrine, an amphetamine that the Air Force routinely prescribes for pilots flying long missions. "I don't know what the effect was supposed to be," Schmidt told Chicago magazine. "All I know is something [was] happening to my body and brain."
The Food and Drug Administration warns that Dexedrine can cause "new or worse aggressive behavior or hostility." (.pdf) But the Air Force still blamed the pilots. The Canadian "friendly fire" tragedy underscores the gap between the technology and policy of military human enhancement. Authorities in the bombing case could have benefited from clearer guidelines for determining whether the drugs, rather than the pilots, were to blame for the accidental deaths.
What strikes us about the above – as often before – is the essential lawlessness of the US military. There are people in jail for taking amphetamines in an "unprescribed" fashion but the US military virtually forces amphetamines on fighter pilots and then demands they make life or death decisions. This is the mindset that will develop tomorrow's superman, using military advantage as a justification.
In fact, from what we can tell, it is merely the continued fulfillment of a long-held eugenics agenda of the top elites. Obviously, elites have always operated under the assumption that they are superior to other folks, even when there were no distinguishing features to prove it. Such people must hope to rectify that in the coming years and decades.
And so, using war – or the threat of war – as a justification, hundreds of billions of dollars are diverted into studying how human beings can be enhanced. NATO's entire military provide unlimited human fodder for testing purposes. The best scientific minds can be dragooned into supporting the effort based on national security concerns.
Additionally, a public consensus can be cobbled together in support of bioengineering based on the idea that "if we don't do it, they will." People will acquiesce to even the most extreme programs if they are positioned as ways to keep the "nation" safe.
Further down, the article quotes researchers as follows: "Somewhere in between robotics and biomedical research, we might arrive at the perfect future warfighter: one that is part machine and part human, striking a formidable balance between technology and our frailties."
This will be the result of a "mutant" arms race and the authors suggest in the meantime that the US military driving these adaptations take care as to how they are developed and applied. This is almost laughable, unfortunately. In reality, the same forces that have created the perpetual warfare state – central banking controllers and their enablers and associates – are behind this gambit. They want results and will go to any lengths to get them.
The future – as envisioned by elites anyway – is one to be constructed around neo-feudalism, complete no doubt with mile-long keeps, various kinds of professional and personal slaves and cadres of enhanced warriors scouring the world for those who continue to resist.
Conclusion: Resistors there will be.
Posted by taxesbyanyothername on 01/04/13 05:06 PM
They may think that having made so much money qualifies them for leadership. I don't think so though. The lust for power seems explanation enough. There is that whole competition is sin thing.
Posted by Abu Aardvark on 01/04/13 11:31 AM
DB: "Obviously, elites have always operated under the assumption that they are superior to other folks, even when there were no distinguishing features to prove it."
Agreed, I don't see distinguishing features either. And yet some of the apparent players seem to live pretty long by comparison, and I can't remember even a single reported case of mortal cancer in this circle either ...
Posted by Joe on 01/04/13 05:53 AM
If the ruling elites can get machine slaves to look after them they can eliminate most other humans and just keep a small number alive. They can build a paradise on earth for themselves. Perhaps they can also extend their own individual lives and live longer so death that huge inconvinience that tends to end everythig can be conquered. I have an unjustified faith in everything working out for the best like Dr Pangloss.
Posted by Danny B on 01/03/13 11:22 PM
In Star Wars, you see cloned humans against robots. In Robocop, you eventually see an enhanced human against a full robot. In Men in Black, we're referred to as "meat sacks". This has long been a topic for Sci-Fi.
Man just has no chance. He is too delicate. He can't take vacuum or extremes of heat or cold. He can't hibernate for a week. He can't avoid thermal imaging. He experiences fear. He thinks too slow. He doesn't have instant communication with fellow fighters. He needs air and water and food. His reactions are too slow.
The list goes on and on. A robot with an adequate power supply is best.
Posted by Chemist on 01/03/13 09:21 PM
Consider that FedGov hatches plans such as this, involving transhumanism or carbon-silicon fusion or whatever; and throws out BAA's (Broad Agency Announcements) for highly detailed technical funding opportunities to get it developed. Sometimes these BAA opportunities can be in the hundreds of millions of $ in potential and follow-on award value, straight from the Pentagon. But ultimately it comes down to the ethics of the scientists of the firms that answer such announcements - FedGov dreams of such inventions and capabilities but it takes real people like you and me to engineer and fabricate possibly twisted dreams into existence. It can really hit home quickly when you build something that makes people protest. But the key point is FedGov only pontificates the creation, it still takes the people to build it. Lets hope enough good morality still exists among the technically adept! Then good will prevail.
Posted by seen2much on 01/03/13 08:55 PM
This has been well covered from the Japanese point of view in the works of Shinrow Masamune in Ghost in the Shell..
Problems arose in the system due to human Individuality and even the machines began to have issues as they advanced as THEY suddenly were confronted with their own Individuality.
The work delved further, with something the work called "stand alone complex", where the powerful will of those with strong Individuality began to affect large segments of the population and even the machines, causing them to act on the beliefes and will of anything expressing strong Individuality.
The anime series seems to flesh out these concepts better than the manga or movies.
Posted by taxesbyanyothername on 01/03/13 08:18 PM
It will not end unless we end. Shall we fight the Borg? Next up, patented genes inserted into humans. Which of course leads to humans owned by others. And divergence, or rather multivergence. No end in sight.
Posted by Clive Edwards on 01/03/13 06:48 PM
]Additionally, a public consensus can be cobbled together in support of ]bioengineering based on the idea that "if we don't do it, they will." People will ]acquiesce to even the most extreme programs if they are positioned as ways to ]keep the "nation" safe.
To paraphrase Tonto, "Who is THEY, white man?" I doubt the middle eastern tribes, particularly those in Afghanistan, are likey to engage in such bio-engineering.
In any case, the US Homeland Security people have determined that returning veterans are a terrorist threat and need to watched closely and disarmed if possible.
Bio engineered soldiers are not so easily disarmed. The solutions are like the revised rules for "Rollerball", including the elimination of enlistment limits (the only way out is to die) or destruction at the end of service life.
I really can't imagine the authoritarians running the US and the rest of the Anglosphere allowing enhanced citizen militias to exist.
Posted by Frank on 01/03/13 05:37 PM
A frightening possible future, but I guess the logical eventual outcome when one permits things such as fetal stem cell research & abortion on demand. Human life is cheapened and just as we breed cattle, why not breed or genetically engineer or mechanically manipulate humans to make better soldiers?
The more things like this come to being possibilities, the more I know we must be coming closer to the end.
Posted by dm on 01/03/13 05:27 PM
Find videos of; Transcendent Man also; Singularity. See the evil things in store for humans to come. The Bible says they will seek death and not find it!
Posted by Hope on 01/03/13 05:19 PM
As frightening as this scenario seems, I think it's important for us to realize that our military has taken this path. We have to ask the question, where will it all end?
Posted by Hapa on 01/03/13 04:43 PM
Somehow I just can't imagine this scenario coming into being. The whole meme of the elite ruling over the huddled masses by the use of technology enhanced human servants is a real stretch. I don't think humnanity has the guts for that.
To think that the world will end as some dark dystopian dream of pathological rulers with their slaves catering to their every need is far fetched. Sure, we can play with our what-if scenarios, but I think it's wasetful energy. Somewhere along the line this system is untenable and will break down. Perhaps it's a useful straw man for those just coming across these end of the world topics, but it can also be just another fear meme to keep people in a state of dis-ease. DB should be careful of the memes it launches.
I can only go on my moral and emotional sense of what human life is all about. We are throwing off the shackles of an ancient matrix of human cultural degradation. Our vision is clouded by the intensity of our current struggle. Most people are kind and helpful if left to their own sovereign selves. I believe this is the baseline for humans. We just need to throw off the old paradigm, and this is surely underway...
Posted by voluntaryist on 01/03/13 04:34 PM
Social engineering controlled by an elite is as old as history. It is the achievement of government. It is the downfall of civilizations. As cultures collapse under central planning, the market rebuilds, as only the market can. And the cycle begins anew. The cycle must be broken to free mankind to prosper as never before. Extinction awaits failure.
The model of family is control by an elite (parents) over their less able charges (children). This works fine on the micro scale, but is disastrous on the macro scale. The problem comes when parents do not prepare the children for their eventual emancipation. Lifelong dependents do not make healthy social decisions. They do make good servants. They do seek out and support masters. And they resent those who do not rule or serve. They are committed to one social paradigm. Individualism is abhorrent. It scares the hell out of them. It requires a personal maturity not achieved, but avoided and feared. And the result is social conformity enforced by arbitrary rules (law) punishable by death (ultimately). This does not promote creativity or life. Humanity grows or dies. There is no middle ground. Resistance to authority is essential to mental health.
Posted by insights10 on 01/03/13 03:49 PM
A good pece on mutant militry troops.
But you had better look at Robots. That is what will help the elites control the world.Until the robots take control themselfs.
The Government and military really likes them, as then they don't have to use humans who have to eat and they get hurt real easy, which costs money to take care of them.
You will see if you check it out, that the military is making robots to do everything that humans can do, only robots are better at it.
Thanks for keeping the Daily Bell going.
Reply from The Daily Bell
Interesting. But enhanced humanity will doubtless find its place.
Posted by inibo on 01/03/13 03:46 PM
This is one of the most depressing pieces I've read in a long time.
Posted by Hugo_de_Groot on 01/03/13 01:55 PM
This is part of a bigger meme, linked to global government. Its called transhumanism. I read a few pieces about it and these people are dead serious. They want to create a superrace (and be it themselfs). For example they quite openly state that 'ordinary humans' are incapable to lead and decide on 'really important matters' since the world is too complex.
Once human and machine are merged a way better race will emerge able to 'guide humanity'. Seems they now also want themselfs guarded and get an enforcement arm. They all sound nice and nobel untill you understand a select group gets to decide on what will be done.
They wikipedia is a good start to read about them; Click to view link