Future wars might be fought with mind-controlled weaponry

Summary:New report by U.K.'s Royal Society outlines how advances in neuroscience can be applied to military technologies.

According to a report published by the U.K.'s Royal Society, advances in neuroscience could affect future warfare.

The report emphasized the military's interest in ways to manipulate the mind. Technology could be developed to improve the performance of soldiers and allow them to fire weapons remotely through thought alone.

This new technology could be used for the opposite effect, too. Andy Coghlan writes for New Scientist: "Other research could be used to design gases and electronics that temporarily disable enemy forces."

But the panel warns that the use of such technology could be a human rights violations because these weapons will interfere with thought processes.

Report chair, Professor Rod Flower of Queen Mary, University of London explains the findings of the report in the video below:

Mind control could be future of warfare [via New Scientist]

This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com

Topics: Innovation


Contributing Editor Amy Kraft is a freelance writer based in New York. She has written for New Scientist and DNAinfo and has produced podcasts for Scientific American's 60-Second-Science. She holds degrees from CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Follow her on Twitter. Full Bio

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