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Captain America Could Soon Be Real

In Politics on February 18, 2012 at 10:50 pm

I read an article recently (which i’ll put below) about the military’s future ability to create super soldiers. Soon we’ll develop the technology to train soldiers to run huge distances without getting tired, eat whatever they can find and digest it easily, get shot or stabbed and be healed within minutes.

This obviously leads to many moral questions and to the biggest question…Why? Humans don’t have natural resources to survive like a wolf has claws or a bird has flight, the only thing we have is our brain and the ability to use our brain to survive. We’re weak and vulnerable everywhere on our bodies, but what if we could tune our bodies to be on par with almost every animal in the wild? What if we could run as fast as a cheetah, or have the pure strength of a bear? The only thing that is holding us back is ourselves.

See the problem with war is not war itself, war has and always will exist among every member of the animal kingdom and we can create impressive technology to fight these wars but people still die. So how do not only make it easier to kill the enemy but harder for the enemy to kill us? We’ve done so so far by training toops to be stronger, run farther and jump higher but what if they can naturally do all of that? Soldiers that need very little physical training and all mental training would lead to, in essence, super soliders.

One path could start at the heart. With a more powerful heart, we could run farther, lift huge weights and even be smarter. The brain operates on a very important components, oxygen, almost like battery the brain makes connections because of the amount of oxygen it gets (this isn’t the only reason). If our heart was pumping 3x more oxygenated blood to our brains, they could operate at much higher capacity and make soldiers, or even us, smarter. So soldiers could not only be strong, but smarter in the field.

A big question is the moral implications of such an undertaking. We obviously cannot create these pills or inject a solution by magic, we’ll have to do extensive testing that will eventually be done on humans. Certain standards such as the Nuremberg code and The Deceleration of Helsinki say that such testing would be illegal, but as the article states testing that falls under “military necessity” allows them to do such things will willful consent. But let’s say that we create this pill and create 7 foot tall, 300 lb, fighting monsters that do their job and do it well, how do we trust them with that power? What if they go berserk (for lack of a better term)?

So the future holds plenty of questions and when the time comes around that this testing becomes legitimate, we’ll have to way the good and the bad and boy do I feel bad for the Congress that has to create laws on this.

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/02/more-than-human-the-ethics-of-biologically-enhancing-soldiers/253217/

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