French Ethics Committee Approves Development of “Augmented Soldiers”

The ethical committee of the French armed forces ministry has allowed the French army to develop super-soldiers.

The ethical committee of the French armed forces ministry has allowed the French army to develop super-soldiers.

Compared to China’s plan to biologically enhance soldiers, France wants to upgrade its soldiers technologically using exoskeletons and microchip implants.

The ethical committee defended their decision by claiming that other world powers are already working on similar projects and that it was important to start researching because otherwise, the nation risked falling behind in terms of military technologies.

Apart from technology, the ethical committee is considering performance-enhancing drugs to help soldiers endure pain or extended periods of captivity

France’s Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly said she does not completely agree to such “invasive evolutions” but she believes if any other country chooses to do so, France must be ready.

“But we have to be clear. Not everyone has our scruples and it is a future for which we have to be prepared,” said Parly.

The ethical committee stated that there would be a boundary in the studies.

Provisions such as equipping its troops with technology that would strip them of their “humanity,”  augmentations that would prevent soldiers from returning to civilian life such as an arm prosthetic with embedded weapon systems would not be allowed. 


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