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Inspired by: other » Changing ones mind

version: 4 / updated: 2011-09-11
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Originally submitted by: Yair Sharan
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Source of inspiration

Other, please specify:   FESTOS project

The source of the Wild Card is

A wild card created in the FESTOS FP7 security project


(max. 9 words)

Changing ones mind


(approx. 150 words)
Please describe the Wild Card (approx. 150 words)
A terrorist group uses a virus to change the behaviour or neutralise a certain population for a certain period


security, terrorism, organised crime, viruses


(max. 250 characters)

An artificial virus is developed that can be dispersed among people and infects individuals with specific properties. The idea to develop so called "anti ethnic" weapons using genetic engineering appeared in the past in relation with bioweapons.


Closest timeframe for at least 50% likelihood
Please use one of the following options:

Features of life if the wild card manifests

Feature 6: health and quality of life
Secial health programs would be needed to protect population from unknown diseases
Feature 7: security and defence
These possibilities will pose a future threat . The availability of easy to get nanobiotechnology capabilities will make these technologies attractive to terrorists and also organised crime.

Type of event

Human planned (e.g. terrorist attack or funded scientific breakthrough)

Type of emergence

please select (if any) describe related trend or situation
An extreme extension of a trend/development/situation
(e.g. Increased global warming leads to a total ban on fossil fuels)
increased interest of terrorists in nanobio technologies

Historical parallels

Bioterrorism applications

Type of systems affected

Human-built Systems - E.g. organisations, processes, technologies, etc.




please specify:
please select
Level 3: important for the European Union
Level 4: important for the whole world

Latent phase

Obstacles for early indentification

scientific filters (knowledge/technology access)

Manifestation phase

Type of manifestation

Very uncertain

Aftermath phase

Important implications
Emergence of a new system (e.g. new technologies, new paradigms)


New systems to prevent such threats will be needed

Key drivers or triggers

Provide up to 2 possible drivers or triggers of HIGH importance. Click on HELP to see examples:
please describe
Driver / Trigger 1
please describe
Driver / Trigger 2
Technological/Scientific The availability of new knowledge and new technologies
Values/Ethical/Cultural Reduced sensativity in society to malicious use of technology

Potential impacts (risks & opportunities)

Timeframe options
Risks Opportunities
(within 1 year after the Wild Card manifests)
short term
(1 to 5 years after the Wild Card manifests)
change of value systems

Potential stakeholders' actions

it occurs
it occurs
Policy actors (at the international, European and national levels) international treaty against terrorism ways to control knowledge counterterrorism acts
Academic/Research sector awareness to proliferation of sensitive knowledge

Relevance for Grand Challenges

where? please justify:
particularly relevant Europe world
Diseases, health and well-being
Techno-security, hazard & risk

Relevance for thematic research areas

please justify:
particularly relevant

Pan-European strategies potentially helping to deal with the wild card

please justify:
particularly relevant
Facilitating and promoting knowledge sharing and transfer Developing regimes of knowledge control

Relevance for future R&D and STI policies

Note: RTD = research and technology development; STI = science, technology and innovation
future RTD in security research, detection and identification . STI for knowledge control