by Nicholas West, Activist Post:
Hacking the human brain to enhance performance seems to be the ultimate dream of technocrats and their military counterparts.
We have reported extensively about the various methods that the military is studying to design a future soldier that is able to carry more weight, run faster, need less sleep, and even become a super sniper without training. These designs range from technical engineering to pharmacological, genetic, and to outright mind control via brain implant.
In a previous article I speculated that without proper ethical parameters these developments very well could herald a new type of global arms race of developing super humans, which naturally would begin to emerge on the battlefield.
China has made several announcements that show a clear attempt to become a leader in a race toward human superiority. Studies with animals like the super beagle have certainly raised eyebrows in the area of genetic engineering, as well as the potential for replicating humans at clone factories.
A new announcement is being reported from ARS Technica which shows that China is now studying brain stimulation techniques that sound very similar to what we have covered from DARPA’s work with Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. In this case, the scientists are using a combination of genetic engineering and light stimulation called “optogenetics,” but with the same goal to alter cognition by artificially switching brain circuitry.
The Chinese study is particularly worrying as it is claiming to have enhanced aggression in normally docile mice.
Mice are typical of most mammals in that they have a hierarchy based on various forms of physical and social dominance. Researchers in Shanghai are claiming to have found a trigger whereby the lower-ranking mice can be made into super aggressive alphas:
Using a brain stimulation technique called “optogenetics” that triggers neural activity with proteins and light, they stimulated the dmPFC region of a low-ranking mouse’s brain. Then the low-ranking mouse took the tube test with a high-ranking mouse. Immediately, the loser mouse began to shove the winner mouse vigorously, winning almost every contest.