Putin Warns Scientists Are On The Verge Of Creating Genetically-Modified Superhuman Soldiers

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While speaking at a youth festival in Sochi earlier this week, President Vladimir Putin of Russia warned that scientists tampering with the human genetic code were on the verge of acquiring the knowledge to create genetically-modified superhuman soldiers who feel no pain or fear. He warned that World War 3 could be fought by genetically-modified superhuman fighters trained to be deadly killers. Putin warned that such troops could prove to be more "destructive than nuclear bombs," according to Express.

"Man has the opportunity to get into the genetic code created by either nature, or as religious people would say, by God," Putin said. "All kinds of practical consequences may follow. One may imagine that a man can create a man not only theoretically but also practically."

"[The genetically-modified man] can be… a man who can fight without fear, compassion, regret or pain."

Vladimir Putin advised the leading technological nations to have an agreement that imposes strict regulations on research to create genetically-modified (GM) superhumans who could be trained as deadly soldiers "worse than a nuclear bomb."

He said that although research to create genetically-modified humans could bring benefits, such as creating genius mathematicians and talented musicians, it could also have serious consequences.

"When we do something, whatever we do… we must never forget about the ethical foundations of our work."

Volozh reportedly answered, "I hope never."

When Yandex tried to defend AI by arguing that other machines, such as excavators, that humans have developed have not "eaten us up," Putin countered, saying that excavators "don't think."

Putin's apparent concern about AI was in sharp contrast to a more optimistic statement he made earlier that AI is the "future for all mankind."

"Whoever becomes the leader in this sphere [artificial intelligence] will become the ruler of the world."

The increasing urgency of warnings come as the technology giant Google announced it was setting up an ethics board to oversee the implementation of artificial intelligence. Shane Legg, the founder of Google's AI company Deep Mind Technologies, warned recently that AI is the "number 1 risk" for the twenty-first century.

"Eventually, I think human extinction will probably occur, and technology will likely play a part in this."