Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Weapons of (cheap) precise destruction

Earlier this summer Southampton University showed a small model aircraft that had been 'printed' with a 3-D laser sintering machine.

An iPhone gas GPS, accelerometers, gyroscopes, a camera and far more processing capability than a space shuttle had.

It doesn't take an Asimov type visionary to see where this is going.

Very soon it will be possible to have a cheap precision guided weapon that can be assembled as easily asa a model aircraft.

You could have swarms of them on the battlefield, or just one or two with a terrorist or criminal.

This is going to change our world, and also make put assassination back on the agenda in a way it hasn't been since the 19th century.
See also this economist article here.

This type of drone technology also has large implications for our armed forces and even police. In short the RAF is doomed as a Biggles flying club.

1 comment:

James Higham said...

The drones are upon us. Where will that put nuclear weapons?