Suicidal Strategy For Empire.
There was a comment left at a post, Never leave a cybernetic organism behind! The post was about the emotional impact, or lack of same, of shooting down an unmanned aircraft. Losing one of your toys is not the same as losing a crew of humans.
The comment dealt with another effect of advanced technology. “In the long run it’s a suicidal strategy for Empire. Thanks to Moore”s Law and micromanufacturing, before too long this stuff’s going to be available as a cheap off-the-shelf technology for the resistance. Networked resistance forces will be using cheap h-k drones to target U.S. regional chains of command, logistical tails, support infrastructure on the airbases the drones are staged from, the factories that build them in SoCal, the corporate boards of directors, the American engineers who design them, etc. In which case the side with the most concentrated target profile loses.”
Ever since the first monkey hit his neighbor with a stick, there has been an arms race. Side a builts a better weapon, and has an advantage over side b. Then side b gets the same weapon, and things are even, unless one side builds a better weapon.
The ability to kill people more efficiently is a driving force of science. Many of today’s products were first developed for military use. It has been said that if we had destroyed Hiroshima with sunbeams, we would be using solar power today.
Even more troubling than unmanned aircraft is the potential of cyberwarfare. Our side let the genie out of the bottle with Stuxnet. It is only a matter of time before the other finds a way to use malicious code as a weapon of war. It is ironic that the use of Stuxnet was against Iran, to keep her from getting nuclear weapons. Nukes are another technology that gave us a temporary advantage, until other people figured out how to do it.
Pictures are from The Library of Congress.