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:: Monday, March 06, 2006 ::

Stealth Sharks to Patrol the High Seas


Continuing the "port security" theme, the british weekly New Scientist reports...


"Engineers funded by the US military have created a neural implant designed to enable a shark's brain signals to be manipulated remotely, controlling the animal's movements, and perhaps even decoding what it is feeling."



Boy, that is wacky. Good thing it only works on animals... wait a minute... eh, forget it.


Technology presents us with some very interesting ethical questions, no? It will not be long before we will have to decide whether human "cyborgs" are ethically acceptable for more than medical reasons. It seems to me that technology has proven rather irrepressible, hence I assume that the melding of man and machine will come to pass. Just imagine how we would laugh at the olympic "doping" scandals of the past if we had to wrestle with mechanical "enhancements". Nothing would be the same. Being human wouldn't be good enough anymore, except for the hopelessly nostalgic, and when they no longer existed humanity would be considered simply inadequate. What would happen to the notion of competition? Would we be more equal or less? Would we have remote control pets with visual link-ups so we could spy on our neighbors? And if we had enhanced brains would we still watch TV?


Things to ponder.

:: Damian B. 3/06/2006 [+] ::
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