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'Human Augmentation' Necessary, Says Space Force Scientist
The chief scientist for the US Space Force, Dr. Joel Mozer, said he thinks human augmentation will happen soon. Speaking at an event at the Airforce Research Laboratory, he said the US must outdo its adversaries by leading in ‘human augmentation’ in military technology.
"In the last century, Western civilization transformed from an industrial-based society to an information-based society, but today we’re on the brink of a new age: the age of human augmentation," said Mozer.
[Regarding] human augmentation, he suggested augmentation technology could eventually produce a "superhuman workforce", that use technologies like "augmented reality, virtual reality and nerve stimulation".
"You could put [an] individual into a state of flow, where learning is optimized and retention is maximized," he said.
"This individual could be shaped into somebody with very high-performing potential."
In his 1956 classic The Stars My Destination, science fiction author describes an augmented man who effectively becomes a super-soldier:
He backed a step and pressed
his tongue against his upper incisors. Neural circuits buzzed and
every sense and response in his
body was accelerated by a ratio
The effect* was an instantaneous reduction of the external
world to extreme slow motion.
Sound became a deep garble.
Color shifted down the spectrum
toward the red. The two assailants seemed to float toward him
with dreamlike languor.
To the rest of the world, Foyle
became a blur of action. He sidestepped the blow inching toward
him, walked around the man,
raised him and threw him toward
the crater in the living room. He
threw the second man after the
first jackal. To Foyle's accelerated senses, their bodies seemed
to drift slowly, still in mid-stride,
fists inching forward, open mouths
slowly burbling heavy clotted
(Read more about internal pack, refurbished nervous system and dental switchboard)
I'll also reference Neuromancer, the 1984 novel by William Gibson:
"The Matrix has its roots in primitive arcade games," said the voice-over, "in early graphics programs and military experimentation with cranial jacks." On the Sony, a two-dimensional space war faded behind a forest of mathematically generated ferns, demonstrating the spatial possibilities of logarithmic spirals; cold blue military footage burned through, lab animals wired into test systems, helmets feeding into fire control circuits of tanks and war planes...
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