Thursday, August 21, 2008

Brain will be the battlefield of the future

Of course, this article speaks of the use of these technologies in warfare, but, how about coercive civilian uses???
Brain will be battlefield of future, warns US intelligence report

They found several areas in which progress could have a profound impact, including behaviour-altering drugs, (you will comply?) scanners that can interpret a person's state of mind and devices capable of boosting senses such as hearing and vision.

On the battlefield, bullets may be replaced with "pharmacological land mines" that release drugs to incapacitate soldiers on contact,(incapacitate protestors and activists) while scanners and other electronic devices could be developed to identify suspects from their brain activity and even disrupt their ability to tell lies when questioned, the report says.

Drugs could also be used to enhance the performance (better killers, on and off of the battlefield) of military personnel. There is already anecdotal evidence of troops using the narcolepsy drug modafinil, and ritalin, which is prescribed for attention deficit disorder, to boost their performance. Future drugs, developed to boost the cognitive faculties of people with dementia, are likely to be used in a similar way, the report adds.

re: the drugs to "enhance performace, clearly this ain't viagra, how would they test these, or have they already been testing these??

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