Tag: military

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March 13, 2012

A Bird’s Eye View of Cans of Worms….

A quick note of thanks to you, the readers of this blog, for hanging in there for a few months, while I took a bit of a sabbatical from blog-writing to focus on projects undertaken while I was at the … Continue reading
January 6, 2009

Could Spider Silk Save Your Life?

Posted today at Nanotech-Now.com, Summer Johnson has written a column on the ethical issues with the new polymer nanocomposites that material scientists have created and their appropriate and inappropriate uses inside (and outside) the human body for the Lifeboat Foundation’s column called “Scenarios and Solutions for a Nano-World”.…

News (4)

May 20, 2012 1:26 pm

Could We Trust Killer Robots? (Wall Street Journal)

Could a machine ever be capable of making the practical and ethical decisions demanded of American troops in the field? Dr. Arkin thinks so. In fact, his work has been motivated in large part by his concerns about the failures of human decision-makers in the heat of battle, especially in attacking targets that aren’t a threat. The robots “will not have the full moral reasoning capabilities of humans,” he explains, “but I believe they can—and this is a hypothesis—perform better than humans.”

April 16, 2012 3:39 pm

Stay Awake, Comrades (Science Progress)

Are you losing sleep over America’s competition with China for global dominance?  Not to worry.  The People’s Liberation Army, or PLA, has a pill that will keep you feeling well, alert and comfortable for 72 hours.  So at least while you’re not sleeping you can be productive.

April 3, 2012 3:55 pm

This Is Your Brain on the Department of Defense (Mother Jones)

Science and the military have historically made creepy bedfellows, with military curiosity about neuroscience leading the pack. Yet it’s no secret that since the early 1950s, the US military has had a vested interest in harnessing cutting-edge developments in neuroscience to get a leg up on national defense (a la well-publicized failures like Project MK-ULTRA).

March 23, 2012 2:42 pm

Scientists Warn of Ethical Battle Concerning Military Mind Control (U.S. News)

A future of brain-controlled tanks, automated attack drones and mind-reading interrogation techniques may arrive sooner than later, but advances in neuroscience that will usher in a new era of combat come with tough ethical implications for both the military and scientists responsible for the technology, according to one of the country’s leading bioethicists.