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The Space Force Says We Have to Try Human Augmentation

The Space Force Says We Have to Try Human Augmentation

  • The Space Force’s chief scientist says the service—and the rest of the Pentagon—must develop human augmentation with technology to keep pace with adversaries.
  • The augmentation technology of the near future would include AI agents that present information to military commanders.
  • Future tech could involve nerve stimulation for enhancing physical sensations.

The chief scientist for the U.S. Space Force says human technological augmentation won’t be optional in the future, and the U.S. will need to invest in it to keep pace with countries like Russia and China.

Rather than radical redesigns of the human body, however, Joel Mozer proposes augmenting humans with artificial intelligence, including AI so advanced, it can advise commanders on tactics and keep track of complex problems.

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Mozer, a member of the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL), made the comments during an AFRL live event streamed on Facebook.

“Today, we are on the brink of a new age, the age of human augmentation,” Mozer said. “It’s imperative that we embrace this new age, lest we fall behind our strategic competitors.” Mozer was likely referring to Russia and China.

The augmentation Mozer proposes is far from the invasive, cybernetic implantations seen in sci-fi films like Ghost in the Shell or Elysium, or games like Cyberpunk 2077. Space Force guardians and others won’t be walking around with wires sticking out of their heads, goggles fused to their faces, or sword-like blades that extend from their arms at mental command.

Instead, Mozer proposes artificial intelligence agents that could help humans reach “superhuman” potential …

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Published at Tue, 18 May 2021 15:42:00 +0000