Published Tuesday, January 15, 2019

How to win with brain-controlled weapons


The endless emergence of new technologies and new concepts provides unlimited technical possibilities for the development of war. It also accelerates the updating of weapons and equipment and the transformation of war forms. Only by grasping the trend of scientific and technological progress and making forward-looking judgments on the internal mechanisms and external forms of war can we take the initiative in future wars.

Brain science and technology have huge potential military value, and are used in the development and application of intelligent brain-controlled weapons on modern battlefields, promoting the development of "three-nos (unmanned, invisible, silent) wars", brain exploration, brain control and brain control. These are the three sides that show their magical powers. Among them, brain exploration is the basis for realizing brain control and brain control. Through brain control technology and brain control technology, we can explore new ways to win the war.

Brain Exploration: Pursue the combat effect of replacing "destruction" with "control"

Since the United States launched the "Human Brain Project" in the 1980s, human research on the brain has continued to deepen and has been introduced into various disciplines. In the military field, brain science and technology have had a strong impact on traditional combat thinking, combat styles and even war forms. In order to take the initiative in this "invisible war", military powers such as the United States and Russia attach great importance to the application of brain technology in the military field. A series of brain-controlled weapons and intelligent equipment have gradually moved from project research to actual combat application.

In recent years, a new round of scientific and technological changes has brought a variety of possibilities, and the development of human civilization has also put forward higher demands for war. The concept of "non-lethal warfare" came into being. In this context, foreign scholars have proposed the concept of "cortical warfare": it aims to control the enemy's military operations by influencing and adjusting the consciousness, will and understanding of the enemy commander without destroying the enemy's organization. Under this combat concept, using brain detection technology as a means, the purpose of brain-controlled weapons is not to destroy the enemy's body, but to conquer the enemy's will. This means that the way to win in war has shifted from "damage" to "control", thus proposing It creates a new combat perspective: considering "control" rather than "damage" when considering weapon performance. The development of brain detection technology has changed the shape of future human wars: in addition to destroying the body and forcing the enemy to submit, the battle can be won by better controlling the enemy when the main purpose is not to kill the enemy.

Brain control: Pursue the realm of "unity of man and sword"

With the advancement of "human-machine interface" technology and the increased autonomy of weapons, some people believe that people and weapons are becoming increasingly alienated in recent years. However, the development of brain control technology makes direct control of weapons by the human brain becoming a reality. For example, brain-controlled weapons allow soldiers to remotely control machines through their thoughts, simplifying the weapon operation process into "brain-weapon", shortening reaction time, and making it more conducive to capturing fighter aircraft. From this point of view, the effect of human control of weapons is greatly improved.

Currently, brain-controlled weapons are becoming increasingly advanced and mature in terms of brain-controlled technology. For example, the "Avatar" project carried out by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency aims to enable soldiers to effectively cooperate with semi-autonomous robots through "brain-computer interfaces" to form a partnership. The bureau is also implementing another plan: to achieve human-machine interconnection by implanting chips into the human brain. In addition, according to foreign media reports, the agency is also testing a human brain implant device, trying to convert human brain waves into control signals to control unmanned aerial vehicles. Once this technology matures, the US military will have real mind-controlled drones. It is foreseeable that the future development of brain control technology will move towards a high degree of integration of humans and weapons.

Controlling the brain: seeking to "attack the mind first"

With the help of brain control technology, humans already have the ability to "program" the human brain: implant beneficial information into the target brain, change its memory, thinking and even beliefs, and then control its behavior. Brain control weapons can be understood as "brain control techniques" based on the acquisition, interpretation, dissemination and control of human brain information, with the purpose of directly influencing and controlling the opponent's thinking. The hallucinogenic effects of brain-controlled weapons have been proven by many combat examples. Unlike the old days when leaflets were scattered all over the battlefield, the combat effectiveness of brain-controlled weapons is simpler and more efficient, and can induce enemies on the battlefield to signal "suicide", "escape", and "surrender". Take the initiative to give up resistance.

The new brain control technology does not require implanting chips in the human brain. Electromagnetic waves, light, sound waves, smells, etc. can all be used as media. As a pioneer in the field of brain control, the United States' brain control technology is far beyond what we know. It was revealed that current research has made key progress. For example, the U.S. military has previously developed a new type of non-lethal weapon "active avoidance system" that emits high-frequency electromagnetic waves to make the attacker feel as if he is "in an oven." The US Department of Defense has also developed a "mind-reading helmet" to "read" the other party's brain activity. The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory also has the ability to input sentences directly into the brain. In addition, the US military's new psychological illusion weapon can project false images on any ground and atmosphere on the battlefield, overwhelming the opponent's will to resist. According to media reports, on the battlefield in Iraq, the United States has repeatedly transmitted the "voice of God" into the brains of Iraqi anti-government armed organization personnel, guiding them to give up resistance and even surrender. Not only the United States, but Russia also has a long history in the research of brain-controlled weapons. In the 1950s, it began research on remote control of human thoughts. Recently, Russia is stepping up the development of "zombie guns" that disrupt the target's central nervous system and make it completely controlled by humans.

Careful brain control and anti-brain control

The rapid development of brain-controlled weapons has caused people to think about the ethics of war. On the one hand, humans can use brain-controlled weapons to reduce the physical casualties of war by replacing "destruction" with "control"; on the other hand, they must also prevent themselves from becoming victims of brain-controlled weapons.

As the final decision-maker of war, humans should resolve issues such as the development direction and rational application of brain-controlled weapons. On the one hand, brain control and brain control are two development paths for brain control weapons. Among them, brain control technology continues to mature, which will greatly improve the integration of humans and weapons and can be the focus of future development. On the other hand, with regard to the development and application of brain control technology, a cautious and responsible attitude should be maintained, especially in controlling the application context, target scope, and mode of action of brain control technology. For example, in special tasks such as rescuing hostages, in order to avoid or reduce accidental injuries, the use of appropriate brain control technology for specific target objects can complete combat tasks more accurately and efficiently.

In addition, war has always been a life-and-death contest between opposing parties. Therefore, while developing brain control weapons, we must also attach great importance to the innovation of anti-brain control technical means, so as to win the initiative in future brain control and anti-brain control wars.


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