Richard, what I'd like to discuss with you today is your involvement
in issues of neuroscientific research for military purposes going
on in the United States. Could you perhaps start by telling us
how you first became interested in this area?
I'm interested to know how you have managed to get involved both
with the hacker community and with security professionals? And
can you say to what extent and how you are involved?
In terms of the frontiers of military research and development,
can you give us a picture of the military-industrial-academic-scientific-media
complex and what it is up to right now in terms of neuroscientific
Could you talk about specific ways memory might be encoded or
managed or altered?
I know you talk about ethical questions which are raised by the
emergence of new applications for war which will alter human identity
by modifying memory, cognition, and core physical, emotional and
spiritual capabilities. Can you tell us about other work, apart
from Jonathan Moreno's, that is being carried out into the ethical
implications of this research, and from which quarters is this
coming and what is its effect?
Do you know of any organisations developing counter technologies
to actual or perceived military mind control threats to the civilian
population or otherwise?
Is that also why you write science fiction?
You have been quoted as saying, 'Near-total recall would pose
new problems as would enhancement of affective processes related
to religious experience'. How do you envision a future where genetic,
chemical, and technological enhancements can trigger mystical
experiences? How do you envision scenarios where these are used
in psychological warfare?
So how then do you envisage war in the future?
In light of what you have been taking about today and taking into
account that you are also a writer, what roles do you see for
the future of cultural production in the arts? Do you have any
thoughts about how the function of art in particular may change?
11. You have been accused by an intelligence professional as being
in a 'wilderness of mirrors'. How do you compare where you are
speaking from to where a conspiracy theorist might be speaking
from? On what basis do you believe all information you have related
today to be true?