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THE TRANSHUMANISM SCRAPBOOK: “INVISIBILITY” AND THE ...

This one popped out at me, for it seems that "invisibility" is not only moving much closer, it is now within the realm of pratical feasibility to the extent that the US military now wants it as a possibility for soldiers, according to this article from The New Scientist shared by Ms. M.W (to whom a big thank you for bringing to everyone's attention here):

US army calls for ideas on invisible uniforms for soldiers

It doesn't take much imagination to see why this technology would be particularly beneficial to soldiers. For snipers, camouflage is as much a part of their "craft" as is accurate shooting. Metamaterials able to render an adaptive camouflage pattern would be their "dream come true."  Think of metamaterials as a kind of artificial "chameleon skin".

So why am I talking about this in the context of our "Transhumanism scrapbook"?

Simple, really. If we define certain technologies as "transhumanist" because of their potential, not just to alter human culture and society in fundamental ways, but to alter humanity itself - either behaviourly and/or essentially, i.e., in its very nature and essence - then this technology certainly qualifies. For one thing, consider only its utility to the emerging national security-polic state: those robots and closed circuit cameras that they want to install everywhere could be camouflaged quite effectively... as could human police.

But as we know by know, one of the favorite pastimes of the transhumanist crowd is to combine technologies - think only of last week's blog about honeybee brains in drones. Imagine now this technology combined with others: exoskeletons, enhanced vision - both day and night - through artificial retinas, lenses, and so on; genetically modified muscular tissue giving greater strength, nanotechnology making cellular repair on a cell-by-cell basis, a 3 D printer in the back pack to "print" spare parts in the battlefield...

...now add metamaterials, an adaptive camouflage capability, mix, shake, and stir, and one has the ultimate  assassin-sniper-policeman-spy.

And if you think this is all fantasy, then consider the timetable for just this technology alone:

"Contractors will demonstrate the feasibility of their approach in the first six months of the programme. Those selected for the following one-year phase will submit 10 prototype uniforms for testing. These need to work in all terrain from all angles. They also need to function across a wide range of temperatures, in rain and snow, and without hampering a soldier's normal duties.

"If the adaptive camouflage requires a power source, this must weigh no more than 0.45 kilograms and provide at least 8 hours of operation.

"Some firms claim to be on their way there already. Guy Cramer, CEO of Canadian camouflage makers Hyperstealth Biotechnology, says he demonstrated metamaterial camouflage to US military scientists last year, and that the new project will allow him to move forward with it. But Cramer won't yet reveal details or release photographs of the material."

This is not "around the corner" folks. It's already here.

The only think missing, now, is for some crank at DARPA to be pulled off his honeybee brains in drones project, and be put on to a project overseeing the fusion of metamaterials with human skin via some arcane process of witchery, and there you have it. And if I can think of it, and you can think of it, then they've already thought of it at the Diabolically Apocalyptic Research Projects Agency.

See you on the flip side...

22 thoughts on “ THE TRANSHUMANISM SCRAPBOOK: “INVISIBILITY” AND THE ...”

  1. Has anyone spec’d out the amount of power per soldier? I’m not saying it won’t work. I’m guessing one of these uniforms operates at a high freq range. Which is not going to too healthy. Which is always the last consideration when inventions like these pop up..

  2. COSTELLO [embarrAssed] Invisible uniforms … ??

    ABBOTT [not at all pleased] Invisibility cloaks!! How stupid can you get?!!

  3. This seems like a mess tactically, if you can’t see your platoon mates around you. Or furthermore couldn’t the enemy just use infrared to locate them too?

  4. More money thrown at a technology that helps kill people, where will it end. Just imagine putting all that money into building something.
    The yank military industrial complex at it’s finest and next thing they’ll tell us is that it’s for the benefit of humanity, oh wait!!

    1. In practically all these cases they spin it out to say that it will be good for your health…

  5. Robert Barricklow

    Now that proverbial fly on the wall can be…
    a miniaturized insect robot, that’s also invisible.

  6. I wonder if they are taking into account the ability many people have of ‘feeling’ the unseen presence of someone else nearby. I know I don’t like it when I can feel someone watching me and I can’t figure out who or where they are – it has caused me to quickly walk out of a store to avoid the creepy feeling.

    1. It will probably be equipped with some sort of EM interference so you don’t get that creepy feeling!

  7. marcos toledo

    Assassins R Us at the CIA and implicate a foreign nation in a international crisis, incident US State Department, US Military will love this technology. As well as our militarize police,FBI sting operations create a riot as well. Another deadly toy for our nasty and bored oligarchs to play with.

  8. Robert Barricklow

    A Witches Brew Indeed…
    All too soon..

    The couple had decided on enhanced blue eyes,
    with all the new engineered toys…

    But what about that new invisibility feature being added to the skin?

  9. Marducks’ invisibility suit, spoke of in mythology, isn’t so far-fetched now. You can bet they are working on other “mythological” technology and weaponry as well.

    1. Exactly right WalkingDead. I am of the firm conviction that all these wars the U.S. is involved in all over the world are for the rape and pillage of the ancient technology. We all know the CIA was founded by NAZIs and this is the continuation of what they started even before they came to power before the “Big Deuce”. Here’s another one for you to chew on. Was WWII nothing but a big distraction for a technology grab ? That’s scary.

        1. Sorry guys, you’ll need to highlight, copy, & paste that entire address above, it’s a proxy link.

        2. Available for a mere 1000 pounds and sold as a “party costume”. But who wants to be invisible at a party?

          1. The very type of the other-directed prying observer; Gladys Kravitz.

            Gladys Kravitz by any other name and on stilts.

  10. As soon as it’s out there will be – if there is’t already one – an unofficial market in invisibility suits. Also doubling as disguises. No need to put on a fake beard and a turban (or a “grey ET” outfit for that matter) for some false flag, just send in a couple of misguided people somehow conned into doing this, together with a team of holograms, which can all be caused to flicker on or off as required…

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