Israel developing anti-militant “bionic hornet”

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Whether we like it or not, technology is escalating exponentially in ways it seems that even science fiction novelists could not have envisioned. Of course we all realize that every new invention brings positive and negative consequences. The internet is probably the greatest example of this. It has brought two extremes into one easily accessible package by providing the ability to ruin lives and shatter families through unscrupulous use or if used wisely, it provides staggering, numerous benefits to our economy and personal development. Everything else in between would fill volumes.  

This brings me to today’s headlines of an Israeli newspaper: 

 Israel is using nanotechnology to try to create a robot no bigger than a hornet that would be able to chase, photograph and kill its targets, an Israeli newspaper reported on Friday……The flying robot, nicknamed the “bionic hornet”, would be able to navigate its way down narrow alleyways to target otherwise unreachable enemies such as rocket launchers, the daily Yedioth Ahronoth said…The research integrates nanotechnology into Israel’s security department and will find creative solutions to problems the army has been unable to address, Deputy Prime Minister Shimon Peres told Yedioth Ahronoth….Prototypes for the new weapons are expected within three years, he said… http://today.reuters.com/news/articlenews.aspx?type=technologyNews&storyid=2006-11-17T082415Z_01_L1751091_RTRUKOC_0_US-MIDEAST-WEAPONS.xml&src=rss&rpc=22  

Nanotechnology is technology that is on the order of a billionth of a meter in size, which is the size range of molecules. In the next 30 years it aims to cure physical diseases, increase height, create “designer children,” limitless wealth, reverse aging, prolong and restore vital youth, open frontiers of space within laws of physics. 

Watcha think ‘bout all ‘dis? 

Jim Richardson 

There is also a great article on cloning as it relates to nanotechnology here:        http://www.khouse.org/articles/2001/324

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3 Responses

  1. One of the results of technological innovation is, we’re being asked to trust Government like never before. For example, if anyone cared enough about me to track my movements, they could find out every time I make a withdrawal from an ATM, or every time I make a credit card purchase.

    In this case, a Government is developing technology to seek and kill anyone they deem to be an enemy. I am pro Israel, so I understand why they would want to have this power. But it takes a lot of trust to assume that they’ll only use it against people who practise murder, and not against merely political targets. And it takes a lot of trust in the Israeli intelligence service, to suppose that they won’t target innocent men and women by mistake.

    As for nanotechnology itself, I remain sceptical, but I can’t say I’m really informed enough for my opinion to be authoritative. It’s just that scientists, like other humans, tend to overestimate what they’re capable of.

  2. Excellent point, Stephen!

    Jim

  3. Woah! Thanks for sharing that info!
    God bless
    Maria in the UK
    http://www.inhishands.co.uk

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