While speaking at a youth festival in Sochi this week, Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a warning that scientists are on the verge of breaking the genetic code and being able to create genetically-modified superhuman soldiers that feel no pain and no fear.
In his speech, Putin warned that World War 3 could be fought by these genetically-modified superhuman deadly fighters, and said that such troops could be more “destructive than nuclear bombs,” according to Express.
Putin stressed that science is outpacing the speed at which the world can develop regulations around such eerie scientific advances.
“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.”
“He can be a genius mathematician, a brilliant musician or a soldier, a man who can fight without fear, compassion, regret or pain.”
He continued, “As you understand, humanity can enter, and most likely it will in the near future a very difficult and very responsible period of its existence. What I have just described might be worse than a nuclear bomb.”
His warning comes amid the ever-escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula and growing fears that nuclear war could break out between North Korea and the U.S., and his concern about the future impact of AI and genetic modifications echoes recent warnings by top scientists, including British astrophysicist Stephen Hawking.