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Use of nanotech in military development is not just about the bells and whistles; it can also be appalling in the kinds of inventions that are being brought out.
Jürgen Altmann, professor of experimental physics at the University of Dortmund, Germany, emphasized the need for preventive control in the form of regulatory measures taken in advance of dangerous developments in his 2004 paper, “Risks from Military Uses of Nanotechnology – The Need for Technology Assessment and Preventive Control.”
“Military exploitation of NT has barely begun, but there are strong indications it may expand rapidly, driving and in turn being driven by the technology,” he wrote at the time.
Altmann also predicted special dangers to arms control and stability from new biological weapons and microrobots. The US military is open to ideas such as non-medical body implants and far-reaching concepts of human-body manipulation. Army workshops have mentioned concepts like ‘neuro-functional implants’, ‘biological input/output devices’, and ‘implanted miniature computers’ as early as 2001.
While some of these inventions can truly help, for example, in the case of paralyzed patients, applying them to soldiers’ bodies raises ethical questions.