Neuroscience Breakthroughs Could Be Harnessed by Military

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If the military embraces the latest developments in neuroscience, soldiers could have their minds directly plugged into weapons systems, undergo brain scans during recruitment and use neural stimulation to boost learning. These scenarios were described in a report by the Royal Society, which also highlights the legal and ethical concerns that such innovations will bring forth.

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Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation: The Ethics of Brain Boosting

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Prominent Oxford neuroscientists are teaming up with ethicists to consider the issues raised by brain stimulating techniques. They recently spoke on BBC’s Radio 4 morning program to have a discussion. The most promising stimulation, called transcranial direct current stimulation (TDCS) can be used to improve language, math, memory, problem solving, attention span, and even movement.

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