The Sun reported this week that Russian President Vladimir Putin is sincerely worried about the risk of super soldiers in the near future.
Putin is convinced that genetically-modified soldiers will not only be very real very soon…but that they could also be ‘worse than a nuclear bomb’.
He has claimed that scientists are getting close to soldiers with ‘pre-designed characteristics’. These could include maths skills, musical skills, or even a lack of fear and compassion.
For once, Putin seems to be taking an ethical and even compassionate approach to the super-soldier tech race. He’s asking everyone to remember ‘the ethical foundations of our work’.
He is so in awe of these new developments that he even suggested: ‘…whoever becomes the leader in this sphere will become the ruler of the world.’
But just how close are these super soldiers to becoming reality?
Well, contrary to Putin’s beliefs, we won’t be ‘eaten’ by ‘super soldiers’ or robots anytime soon.
But the introduction of some genetic interference to soldiers might not be far away.
Business Insider reported earlier this year that the Pentagon is already working on some genetic-altering features to make their soldiers ‘super’.
This includes things like a computer chip connected to the brain. This would allow soldiers to control robotics telepathically. It could also allow them to communicate among the team.
Another development could help soldiers work on little to no sleep without any health concerns.
It doesn’t stop there. They’re developing synthetic blood that could let soldiers spend hours underwater and pain immunisations to reduce the pain a soldier feels when they’re shot.
While these sound ideal for mid-combat conditions, it all leads to a surprising conclusion…
Putin is right.
Not because these military masterpieces will ‘eat’ us. But because ethics need to be at the head of these advances.
Will a telepathic computer chip be hackable?
Will reducing their empathy dehumanise these soldiers?
Will dehumanising soldiers cause wars to become more violent?
Will these changes be reversible?
And if not, what support will be available or the soldiers on retirement?
The technology might be surprisingly close to completion.
But the implementation of ‘super soldier’ modification might be all too complicated.