The Primer, book 5
“Ladies and gentlemen, give yourselves a round of applause. You are pioneers. The next generation of American defense, and the reason we are going to stay at the forefront of power in this world. In the age of nanotechnology, AI, and laser guidance, one thing has slowed our progress more than any other: the human mind. All of this new technology is limited by the people who operate it. For years, scientists, engineers, and what-have-you have striven to automate.
“They’re trying to take you out of every task that they can. Remove fatigue, impatience, attention spans, and reaction time from the equation completely. The human mind is a liability to them. I want to change all that. There was a time when the human—not the technology—was the driving force behind our success. I’m going to make you all stronger, faster, and smarter. You will be the first in an army of supermen, revered by your people and feared by the enemy. You will be the very hammer of democracy.
“This is big news. You may feel unequal to the task. You were, however, selected for a reason. Out screening process is extremely thorough. I designed the program myself. I know that you will be able to do just as well as anyone else, if not better. I very much doubt that you, or any of your fine compatriots, will be killed. That is largely the point.”
– Director Patrick Hall