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Posted: April 19, 2010 in Braak
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What am I even doing anymore?  Who knows?

It would be the Russians that did this first, or the Chinese, or some other country with a poor but discreet system of violating human rights.  In this case it was the Russians, some time in 2012, making the first Dog Soldiers.

What you have to do (and this is why it never got past the FDA in America) is take a fetus, at six months, and stuck a transmitter node into its brain.  A pretty small thing, all it does is receive and transmit information from a narrow radio bandwidth.  Sensors are clustered around the olfactory and motor centers.  They don’t do much of anything; just receive and transmit.

It’s got a couple of mates, and you put those into the brains of puppy dogs.  The Russians used (because why wouldn’t they?) Eastern Siberian Laikas.  Same deal with the human nodes:  transmitters sit on the olfactory and motor sensors; they’re always on, always sending.  The point is just a consistent data stream established between the brain nodes.

And then the developing fetus and puppy brains do all the real work.  It was kind of a stroke of genius, when you think about it:  instead of building a device that we’ve adapted to an adult brain, we build a device that we let a child’s brain adapt to.  It’s a big, fat organ that grows in order to accommodate information stimuli — especially in early years, it’s absurdly adaptable.  History has shown that the brain can deal with damage and shortages of information pretty effectively, but it wasn’t until implantable bluetooth transmitters that it occurred to anyone to give it EXTRA data to work with.

Early experiments had trouble synching the developing brains of the Laikas with the soldiers; the difference in life span caused some trauma when the dogs died.  So, those cagey fucking Russians, they just started hooking puppies up and killing them, to get the children inured to the idea of death.

And, eventually, what happened?  You got a soldier with three or four Siberian hunting dogs, able to understand their olfactory sensory input and to communicate with them voicelessly.  The links are so strong that it’s almost more accurate to think of the first Dog Soldiers as super-consciousnesses spread out over four or five bodies.

Because that was the weird part:  the more data that man and dog shared, the more human the dogs’ brains became.  They adapted in surprising ways, building new, unheard of structures.

The old boundaries of the brain, the limits of identity and consciousness, turned out to be largely illusory — brains, as it turns out, grow to fill the vessel of their experience.

So, anyway, if you see some guy that looks like an ex-Spetznaz bastard and he’s got a couple huge slavering hunting dogs with him…don’t bother running.

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Comments
  1. Tad says:

    I, for one, welcome our new canine overlords!

  2. Jeff Holland says:

    Well, obviously you wouldn’t run. GI Joe taught us the proper method: You kneel down, and hold your fist, palm out, so the spetznaz could smell you and understand you’re not a threat.

    And THAT’S when you take over the Russian military.

  3. wench says:

    This is why you always carry some cheeseburgers around with you. Always.

  4. Hsiang says:

    “Y’know Vic, we should really think about going Over the Hill soon.”

  5. dagocutey says:

    Ok, looks like a certain someone has been dipping into the ol’ wacky tobacky tin again.

    So am I to understand that you’ve got humans and dogs communicating by wireless, in effect. Are the babies used in the beginning of the process, the same humans who become the dogs’ comrades? And you mentioned a “6 month old fetus” — I’m assuming that these pre-term fetuses would no longer be in utero, therefore in incubators or whatever? Also, because of the naturally occurring limitations of wireless data transfer, what happens (mostly with the dogs) when the signal is impaired?

    And what about emotion — from both sides? It’s a proven fact that the olfactory region of the brain is hardwired to memory. And these are the types of memories that can completely disturb all other thoughts and, interestingly, motor function. We’re talking primal shit now. So say, like, the guy and the dogs are tracking the enemy and suddenly the smell of lilacs wafts through the air. And this just happens to be the favorite perfume of the human’s recently deceased mother, thus sending him into an emotional tailspin. This in turn causes the dogs to . . . ? Chase their tails? Sorry. But really, how would this work?

  6. braak says:

    The transmitters are actually small enough that they can essentially be implanted in utero. Of course, signal interruptions are part of the lives of the Dog Soldiers; it can be surprising and upsetting the first couple times it happens, but the dogs quickly learn procedures to try and re-establish contact. They do, after all, have brains outside of the collective-consciousness, and Laika are pretty intelligent dogs in the first place.

    As for the issues of emotion, and its connection to the olfactory senses, it’s important to remember that these soldiers and their dogs have been doing this since birth. Their relationship with their olfactory sense are much different than ours, as is their relationship with their emotions and the emotional content of their memories and senses.

    It’s easy for many of us to be overcome by emotion, because we don’t live in an environment completely saturated with emotional connections; for the Dog Soldiers, this is how they’ve lived since birth. Their brains grow in such a way as to accommodate this–fashioning more active amygdalas, for instance, which enable them to distance themselves from emotional experience.

    Of course, it does lead to a very different perspective, almost an alien mode of thought; awareness of the olfactory sense, for example, is improved at the cost of the awareness of certain other senses. Dog Soldiers can hear music, but have a hard time appreciating it at an emotional or visceral level, as the machinery of their minds is co-opted for other purposes.

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