When It’s Time to Look Forward to a New Dark Ages

This is the End

If this is the future then I am more hopeful for the collapse of our complex society and the depletion of energy resources.

The technology is not standing still. Down the road are insect-sized drones that could be mistaken for a housefly or spider, which could slip in under a door-sill to record conversations, take photos or even inject a lethal toxin into an unsuspecting victim. Systems such as these are under development by the Army’s Micro Autonomous Systems and Technology (Mast) programme, in partnership with a variety of corporations and university labs. Further into the future are nanobots, particle-sized robots that could enter people’s blood streams or lungs….

The technology is not standing still. Down the road are insect-sized drones that could be mistaken for a housefly or spider, which could slip in under a door-sill to record conversations, take photos or even inject a lethal toxin into an unsuspecting victim. Systems such as these are under development by the Army’s Micro Autonomous Systems and Technology (Mast) programme, in partnership with a variety of corporations and university labs. Further into the future are nanobots, particle-sized robots that could enter people’s blood streams or lungs.  Frances Fukuyama in the Financial Times

Read it.  It’s insane in its matter-of-fact-acceptance of the state of killing technology.  He ends with the humorous quip that he decided to make his now before the government made them illegal.  Nuts.

Just insane.  How is it that it’s our happy wish to recreate as a REALITY every nightmare scenario ever put on film?

This text accompanied the photo at flickr:

Bird in Hand

Released by Regina Dugan, Director of DARPA. “It weighs less than one AA battery. And it is very agile. The hummingbird is the only bird that can fly backwards.”

“One way to be stealthy is to look natural. You don’t notice them.”

photo credit: jurvetson

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1 Comment

  1. SS March 6, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Completely horrifying. What else is there to say about it but this?

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