by Michael Snyder
August 12, 2012
The future of war is going to look really, really weird. The "super
soldier" research that
DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research Projects
Agency) is working on right now is unlike anything we have ever seen
If DARPA is successful, and if the
American people don't object, the soldiers of the future will be
genetically modified transhumans capable of superhuman feats.
Do you want a soldier that can
run faster than Usain Bolt? DARPA is working on that
Do you want a soldier that won't
need food or sleep for days? DARPA is working on that
you want a soldier that can regrow lost limbs? DARPA is
working on that
Do you want a soldier that can
outlift Olympic weightlifters and that can communicate
telepathically? DARPA is working on that
Americans flock to movies about
superheroes and mutants, and soon they may actually have real life
"superheroes" and "mutants" fighting their wars for them.
But at what cost?
recent Daily Mail article detailed many of the strange research
projects that DARPA is working on right now.
The fact that DARPA has actually allowed
these projects to be revealed in the mainstream media probably means
that the development stage is nearly over and they are ready to try
to convince a wary public to accept them...
Tomorrow's soldiers could be able to
run at Olympic speeds and will be able to go for days without
food or sleep, if new research into gene manipulation is
According to the U.S. Army's plans for the future, their
soldiers will be able to carry huge weights, live off their fat
stores for extended periods and even regrow limbs blown apart by
The plans were revealed by novelist Simon Conway, who was
granted behind-the-scenes access to the Pentagon's high-tech
Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency.
So how is this possible?
How would you genetically modify a human to be able to have these
A different Daily Mail article
recently explained how this basically
Most gene modification techniques
involve placing genetically modified DNA inside a virus and
injecting it into the human body. The virus then enters human
cells, and its modified DNA attaches itself to the human DNA
inside those cells.
When you really stop and think about
this kind of technology, the implications are staggering.
Could viruses be used to
genetically modify humanity on a large scale?
How would the rest of humanity
respond to a "super race" of mutants that are clearly
"superior" to the rest of us in a bunch of different ways?
When you start messing with creation, it
opens up Pandora's Box.
The possibilities are endless, but so are the potential problems.
Just because we can do something does not mean that we should. There
may be consequences decades down the road that we cannot even
conceive of right now.
Other "super soldier" research projects that DARPA is working on at
the moment involve advanced technology and robotics rather than
For example, DARPA is developing helmets that would allow our
More recently, DARPA’s Silent Talk
programme has been exploring mind-reading technology with
devices that can pick up the electrical signals inside soldiers’
brains and send them over the internet.
With these implants, entire armies will be able to talk without
radios. Orders will leap instantly into soldiers’ heads and
commanders’ wishes will become the wishes of their men.
I don't know about you, but I would not
want anyone reading my thoughts or beaming orders directly into my
DARPA is also working on "exoskeletons" that will enable soldiers to
lift incredible weights without tiring and perform other physical
tasks that normal soldiers simply could not do.
You can see below a video of this kind of exoskeleton being
DARPA is also hoping to one day implant microchips
into our soldiers
that will constantly monitor the health and physical condition of
our boys and girls in the field.
For many, these new technologies
are very exciting.
For others, they cross the line.
Merging men with machines or
messing with the very fabric of life is the kind of thing
that science fiction movies are made of.
Unfortunately, if we make a very serious
mistake we just can't get up and turn off the movie. Any mistakes
that we make could stay with us indefinitely. But at this point it
looks like there is very little standing in the way of these kinds
of technology becoming mainstream.
Tests on rats have
already shown what is
In 2005, Ronald Evans, a hormone
expert working at the Salk Institute of Biological Studies in La
Jolla, California, showed how genetic modification can increase
the athletic power of mice.
Evans produced a group of genetically modified mice with an
increased amount of slow-twitch muscle fibre. This type of fibre
is associated with strong cardiovascular muscles and boosts an
Evans’s mice could run for an hour longer than normal mice, were
resistant to weight gain no matter what they were fed on, and
remained at peak fitness even when they took no exercise.
How much do you think people would pay
to be able to remain at peak fitness without doing any exercise at
When the general public realizes what is possible there will be an
overwhelming demand for these technologies.
So just how far can all of this go?
Well, futurist Ray Kurzeil believes that we are only about
years away from actually achieving immortality...
Ray Kurzweil, a world-renowned
scientist and author of The Singularity is Near, thinks the
world as we know it will be unrecognizable in 20 years.
One of the changes he thinks are possible: Scientists may
finally crack immortality.
"I and many other scientists now
believe that in around 20 years we will have the means to
reprogram our bodies' stone-age software so we can halt,
then reverse, aging," he
writes in The Sun.
"Then nanotechnology will let us
live for ever. Ultimately, nanobots will replace blood cells
and do their work thousands of times more effectively."
I wouldn't count on the human body being able to live forever.
But without a doubt we are going to see a whole lot of humans
attempting to "merge with technology" and "reprogram themselves"
through genetic modification in future years.
The wars of the future will look nothing like the wars of the past.
The genetically modified soldiers of the future will be supported by
robots on the ground and by "swarms of drones" in the sky. In fact,
the "swarms of drones" are already here.
The following is from a recent
According to a Boeing press release,
the researchers and engineers conducted the test flights in
Oregon in June using two ScanEagle drones which performed like a
“swarm of insects.”
The flight operator was able to connect with the autonomous
drones using only a laptop and a military radio. Boeing
engineers said the drones were able to complete tasks more
efficiently by communicating with each other.
“This swarm technology may one
day enable warfighters in battle to request and receive
time-critical intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance
information directly from airborne (unmanned aerial
vehicles) much sooner than they can from ground control
stations today,” Gabriel Santander, program director of
Advanced Autonomous Networks for Boeing Phantom Works, said
in the press release.
Technology is advancing at such a rapid
pace that it is really hard to keep track of it all.
But where is it taking us?
Recently I wrote about the nightmarish
high tech Big Brother
surveillance grid that is going up all around us.
Our lives are becoming completely dominated by technology, and that
is a very dangerous thing.
We like to think that all of these new technologies will always be
used for good and will never fall into the hands of tyrannical
madmen, but history tells us that liberty and freedom are very rare
Throughout most of human history, most people have lived under some
form of tyranny. And today liberty and freedom are already rapidly
disappearing all over the globe.
Technology has progressed to the point where it would definitely be
a "scientific dictatorship" to completely and totally
dominate humanity unlike anything we have ever seen before.
So we should be very careful about what we create.
We might be creating our own living hell.