Intelligent advanced aircraft is one thing, but if the Air Force wants to be in prime warfighting condition, its pilots had better come with advanced weaponry, too. That's why the Air Force wants neuroweapons that can enhance airmen's performance, while degrading the mental states of their foes.
The Air Force Research Laboratory's 711th Human Performance Wing just updated a call for proposals that examine "Advances in Bioscience for Airmen Performance," according to Wired's Danger Room. The initial announcement came out last November, but no one has yet come up with new stimulants that help airmen focus, or models that fuse multiple human senses together to better perceive threats.
These are some of the goals in the Air Force's broad agency announcement, which generally seeks "radically new military capabilities that improve warfighter performance and combat effectiveness." The program is worth $49 million.
In typical military fashion, the announcement is lawyered-up with words that tend to obfuscate the message, which is actually pretty bizarre. Essentially, the Air Force seeks technologies that can read airmen's minds and then manipulate them: "to anticipate, find, fix, track, identify, and characterize human intent and physiological status anywhere and at anytime."
The announcement also seeks applied biotechnology that could, for instance, develop special protein biomarkers that indicate an airman's mission readiness, and gene expression methods that could improve that readiness. They even want technologies that can modulate an airman's emotional state — it can include mind-altering drugs or biochemical pathway techniques. This works on the flip side, too: "Conversely, the chemical pathway area could include methods to degrade enemy performance and artificially overwhelm enemy cognitive capabilities," the announcement says.
So the Air Force wants souped-up airmen and a way to fry foes' minds, as Danger Room puts it.
Proposals will be accepted through September 2014, so get cracking, neuroscientists. The Air Force needs you.
This doesnt sound like very nice technology , who would want to become an "Airman" at that point if they will turn you into a cyborg or research subject or make you surrender your private thoughts or motivations or intentions ? When does research in this direction lead us to a society that punishes thought crimes like "1984" or "Minority Report"
Well, if you have seen the FoxTV series, "Lie To Me", you are likely aware that most communication is non-verbal and Neuro-Linguistics (NLP) and Neuro-Kinetics and Bio-metrics. and nutrition also come into play ... We know that adreanaline and electrolytic balance and neuro-peptides and Neuro transmitters and uptake-inhibitors and sports medicine (analysis of biometric kinetics) ... etc. ... ad nauseum ... all those things come into play, in terms of mood and behavior ... Withdrawl from anti-depressants can cause meek citizens to shoot-up play-grounds with AK-47s (said with wide eyes and urgent tone).
I mean ... Put a shot of Choline-Chloride in their grapefruit juice, 5 days per week and give them a bump of B-12 and a double shot of espresso ...
The same software algorythms that spot terrorists in airport crowds and DARPA's "loyalty assurance" analysis algorythms all bear upon the subject.
What about HAARP? ... We know the Russians bombarded a certain embassy building, with microwaves (I believe), with intent to modify human behavior (albeit not predictably).
Psycho-acoustics? Subliminal Suggestions? (works!) ...
Remote viewing? ... Personal telemetry? (bugs and treackers). Respiration ... Heart-rate ... pupillary ?
We also know that the side effects, of uptake inhibitors, upon some who are not "genetically compatible", can produce a wide range of side-effects and behaviors.
I mean ... jeeesh ... you know there are so many ways such research can "go wrong", back-fire, come-home-to-roost, etc.
And there is always extreme, imposed addiction and truth serums. B-MOD ... Even water-boarding.
You are talking apples vs. kiwis vs. oranges, here ... apples = MK (mind control), kiwis = "situational intelligence", and oranges = cognitive enhancement vs. impairment.
Clarify your discreet goals and then talk to DARPA and various security and appropriations committees, before you go re-inventing the wheel.
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This seriously sounds like the Spartan program from Halo...chemicals that enhance senses and reflexes, maybe the Air Force have read a few of the books.
We also know that DARPA and HomeLand have consulted Hollywood, for ideas and scenarios ... so, in that vein, and TOTALLY ON TOPIC ... here are a few of my Sci-Fi Horror DVD rental picks, which bear on this topic (these topics).
BrainStorm (Chris Walken and Natalie Wood)
VideoDrome (James Woods and Debbie Harry)
A Clockwork Orange (Kubrik With Malcom)
Looker (Susan Dey)
... That's the short list ... Any others? (tons, I'm sure).
"technologies that can read airmen’s minds and then manipulate them: “to anticipate, find, fix, track, identify, and characterize human intent and physiological status anywhere and at anytime.”
sounds like a reverse phychoframe from Gundam U.C., or the Zero-system from Gundam Wing. Maybe the Air Force has been watching too much anime???
Make the pilotes Cyborgs.
Or you could, you know, just make the planes robots.
At the top of this system you have very old families who've held on and acquired more and more power down through many centuries and they've declared they're at the top of the Darwinian tree and beneath them you have the scientific society that makes the weapons for them, including weapons that will eventually control the mind, and they plan to run the whole world as a planned - not just a planned parenthood society - a planned society where every country which will be subservient to a global government.
I don't care what any one says I blame the parents.
@4L3X I was thinking that exact same thing.
Doesn't this cross a line? I agree with @steve28 who would sign up to basically become a cyborg?
Sign me up.
As sociopathic control freaks, the elite want to create a completely controlled society of slaves that are implanted with microchips so they can track every move of the population and ultimately control every thought a person has. As an interim step, all products we purchase will include and RFID chip that can track and trace the location of all we own. Also, cash will be eliminated as a medium of exchange and replaced with cashless credit and all those who refuse to comply with the elite's dictates will simply have their cards turned off. Ultimately, those that are implanted will be able to be downloaded with new information/skills and reprogrammed for new tasks as the need requires and individual free thought will be impossible.
I don't care what the air force comes up with! It can't possibly defeat my tin foil hat! :P
Very scary stuff...
Well, if the plane doesn't fly, the cyborg technology will be useless. Why not have a robot plane? It can handle higher Gs and the pilot can be elsewhere, flying it virtually? Then the only technology they have to worry about is encypting the R/C signal.
So the Christian proselytizing isn't working so now we are aiming for science huh. Good luck with that.
I agree with Dirk,why not focus on the technology or user interface (e.g., da plane, da plane)!
Is my tax-payer money funding this type of research? I am impressed and horrified at the same time. Shouldn't we be trying to cure nuerological syndromes instead of frying our foe's minds(ouch!) This is risky terrain.