It's hard to make computers dumb enough to fight wars

Among the many achievements of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings movie cycle is the advancement of special effects technology. The problem of creating realistic battle scenes in which the vast majority of the "actors" are computer generated is daunting, and doesn't scale well. For the epic Pellenor Fields battle in The Return of the King, the special effects wizards designed a system to create realistic-looking action performed by a mob of 200,000 "soldiers" by giving them a repertoire of possible actions and the ability to react realistically to the battleground situation. It worked, a little too well—the digital soldiers wanted to run away from the battle.

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Meanwhile, the Pentagon is

Meanwhile, the Pentagon is experimenting with behavior altering drugs to turn soldiers into the kinds of automatons who WON'T run away, get fatigued, or feel remorse.

Yikes. You got a link?

Yikes. You got a link?

Kevin, they already have it.

Kevin, they already have it. It is called "boot camp" or "basic training".

I've only been to Air Force

I've only been to Air Force basic training, which is by far the least unpleasant of all the services, but all the same, there isn't anything going on at basic that is going to turn anybody into a remorseless killing machine. They can't even make you do push-ups anymore.

Qiwi, No, I'm afraid I


No, I'm afraid I don't. I believe, though, it was a fairly mainstream source linked by Lew Rockwell. I was referring, specifically, to 1) the anti-fatigue drugs that enable people to function well without sleep for days; and 2) some kind of experimental drug to suppress the formation of certain synaptic links that govern both emotional remorse and PTSD.

I've heard about those

I've heard about those anti-fatigue drugs—I wish I could get some!

I have to say that, unfortunately, having made the trade myself, that you explicitly sign away a bunch of your civil rights when you enter the military. Whether it's a good trade or not is debateable, but there are currently no conscripts in the U.S. military forces. If the U.S. Armed Services are "experimenting" on military members, the sad fact is, those people have probably consented to it under the terms of their enlistment or comission.

That's also not to say that I think those kinds of contracts are morally legitimate. If you enter a contract that you can't buy out of, I believe it morphs the contract into a kind of slavery. The fact is you can't get out of a military enlistment by, say, paying compensation for the training you received, or something like that. You can deliberately try to get kicked out, but that has perils of its own.