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US scientists plan to create super-soldiers

It seems that same day when on defensestates can set foot on cyborg-super-soldiers, reinforced by achievements in the field of bioengineering, is about to come. Due to the fact that modern technologies are developing by leaps and bounds, and the need to strengthen the armed forces of different countries is increasing, governments of the most developed states of the world are developing plans to introduce future technologies in the military sphere. At the same time, the US Department of Defense recognizes that modern society is not yet ready for the appearance of armed super-soldiers who are ready to modify their bodies for the good of state security. So when exactly should we expect the emergence of an army of the future and is it realistic to create a real super-soldier about whom so many Hollywood movies have been shot?

The first American super-soldiers may appear in the near future

Is it possible to create a super-soldier?

In recent years, the medical community has madegreat success in prosthetics and implantation with the help of modern technologies, thereby greatly facilitating the fate of people who have lost one or another limb. Despite this, Peter Emanuel, an army researcher and lead author of the US Department of Defense research, believes that in the next 30 years, humanity will have to deal with a huge number of legal and ethical difficulties that will be associated with the gradual integration of cyborg people into society. According to, the unique abilities of the super-soldiers of the future will be greatly enhanced with ophthalmic, auditory, muscle and even neural amplifiers, such as retinal pads or neural implants that connect a person and a machine in completely unprecedented ways.

Can a super-soldier be considered human?

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Obviously, there are huge technicalproblems associated with the radical restructuring of the human body to work together with mechanical devices, however, in addition to them, there are also countless ethical problems. Researchers believe that the use of modern technologies in emergency prosthetics as a result of loss of functionality of a limb has nothing to do with implantation of a mechanical device in order to improve certain physical abilities of a person. Such a radical change in the fully functional parts of the body can give rise to a new type of society in which “unimproved” individuals will be much weaker and more unwanted than its modified representatives.

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However, the daily life of an improveda soldier can have many restrictions and will be fraught with constant danger when a soldier leaves abroad. In addition, there are currently no regulations and standards that define what it means to be human. Will a modified super-soldier be a full member of human society and man in general? Can the convergence of bioengineering, artificial intelligence and nanoscience completely transform a person and turn him into a new kind? Perhaps, all of these issues of global ethics have yet to be addressed.