19 February 2013
Science writer John Horgan's
feature on the many ways drones will be used in coming years is interesting
throughout, and terrifying in the passage where he describes an effort to build
micro-drones that are, as the U.S. Air Force describes them, "Unobtrusive,
pervasive, and lethal."
When I watch that simulation I am horrified. I also think to
myself, this technology is more likely to diminish American security than to
enhance it. In a world without micro-drones, our military remains overwhelmingly
powerful. But what about a world where micro-drones are pervasive? Who knows?
Sure, we have a technological advantage right now, but micro-drones sure seem
like a disruptive technology that will eventually help rather than hinder
attempts at asymmetric warfare.