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the French armed forces they now have permission to develop “augmented soldiers” following a report from a military ethics committee.
The report, released to the public on Tuesday, considers medical treatments, prosthetics and implants that enhance “physical, cognitive, perceptual and psychological abilities” and could allow location tracking or connectivity with weapons and other systems. soldiers.
The French armed forces now have permission to develop “augmented soldiers” following a report from a military ethics committee. (Alamy Stock Photo)

Other possible interventions considered by the military’s ethics committee include medical treatments to prevent pain, stress, and fatigue, and substances that would enhance mental resilience if a soldier were taken prisoner.

The committee said France needs to maintain “the operational superiority of its armed forces in a challenging strategic context” while respecting the rules governing military and humanitarian law and the “fundamental values ​​of our society.”

Other examples of prohibited modifications include cognitive implants that would affect a soldier’s exercise of free will, or changes that would affect their reintegration into civilian life.

French Defense Minister Florence Parly walks after participating in the weekly cabinet meeting at the Elysee Presidential Palace in Paris on December 9, 2020. (AFP via Getty Images)

“But we have to be clear, not everyone has the same scruples as us and we have to prepare for that future,” said Ms Parly.

However, Ms. Parly left the door open for future policy changes.

“It is an opinion that is not set in stone and will be reassessed regularly in light of future developments,” he said.

The defense ethics committee was created in late 2019 and is made up of 18 people from various fields.

It is tasked with providing clarity on the ethical issues raised by possible military applications of scientific and technological innovations.

China Military Force
The report follows concerns about China’s threat to the United States and global democracy, raised by the US Director of National Intelligence. (AAP)
The report’s release follows an opinion column by John Ratcliffe, US Director of National Intelligence, in the Wall Street Journal, in which he expressed concern about China’s threat to American and global democracyas well as his military technology plans.

“US intelligence shows that China has even conducted human tests on members of the People’s Liberation Army in hopes of developing soldiers with biologically enhanced capabilities,” Ratcliffe wrote.

“There are no ethical limits to Beijing’s quest for power.”

China’s Foreign Ministry criticized the opinion piece, calling on “some politicians on the US side” to “stop producing and spreading viruses and political lies.”

In 2016, CNN reported that the United States Military He was spending millions on an advanced implant that would allow the human brain to communicate directly with computers.

The Pentagon’s research arm, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), hopes the implant will allow humans to interact directly with computers, which could benefit people with hearing and visual impairments, such as veterans. wounded in combat.


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