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« Big Brother is Listening | Main | Predicting the Future »

November 21, 2006


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Brian Wang

I also put this at the nanodot site: It sounds to me like the Isreali's are working on advanced robotics, MEMS and maybe NEMS.

In terms of advanced weapons being usable by the enemy, the side that makes advanced weapons usually has far better access to them than their enemy. Captured weapons are a small percentage. Plus for weapons for which there is some concern, a military version of lojack (anti-car theft) systems can be put into them. Advanced tech also allows for other security measures to be taken relatively easily.

It is not necessarily more deadly weapons that are being created. But sensors to make targeting more effective and cost reduction for more cost effective measures.

Current military choices are to use far more force to be effective or to use less force and be ineffective.

None of the announced programs sound that different than some of things that DARPA has in the works.

George Elvin

Action speaks louder than words, and while Israel may be the first to publicly acknowledge its military nanotech agenda, let's not forget that in the US 1 out of every 3 federal nanotech research dollars goes to military applications, as Michael Berger at Nanowerk points out.

"Of the $352m spent on nanotech by the DoD in 2005," he says, "$1m, or roughly 0.25%, went into research dealing with potential health and environmental risks. In 2006, estimated DoD nanotechnology expenditures will be $436m - but the risk-related research stays at $1m."


Why settle for LoJack? Why not let enemy capture your weapons then remote detonate them while the sit in the enemy's weapons bunker? When the search for Osama began after he was flushed out of Tora Bora, I thought about his need for kidney dialysis machines. Would it have been possible to replace all the dialysis machines in a 100 mile radius with ones that would transmit their location whenever they are used?

Phillip Huggan

In the context of nanotech I don't mind some of the DoD research dollars. Remote sensors of all types will be needed to learn more about Global Warming and biosensors in particular will be great anti-pandemic tools.

Israel (like Canada) is currently a 3rd-tier nano-player. But they have a large enough military budget to buy any novel nanoweaponry sold by other non-hostile contractors.

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