As Technology Advances, So Too Will Human Weapon Systems

Not long ago, I gave an interesting interview to a science writer about new weapon systems on the immediate horizon – specifically what sort of weapons might we see in the next 5-years. This is an important question for military planners and defense professionals, even high-level politicians who must allot the monies to stay ahead of the game, ahead of the competition and ahead of any threats. Okay so, let’s talk shall we?

Daniel asks; “According to your expertise and studies, what types of new weapons will we see in the near future?”

Indeed, I see several new weapon systems on the horizon both near term and beyond-line-of-sight. With regards to your most excellent question, in 3-5 years, 10-years at most, which actually is a long time when it comes to research and development to actual battlespace usage to full production, we will see quite a few advances in weapons technologies.

To briefly state the obvious, we will see lots of robotics, autonomous solutions, cyber, stealth, and artificial intelligence, which means that new iterations or production blocks of current technologies will have much greater capability, perhaps to the point that although these defense systems may look old — same basic airframe, ammunition size, or outer structure — they will appear in performance to be game-changers. Case in points might be steerable munitions, bullets, or MAV (micro-air-vehicle) flying, hovering, stealth, loitering hand-grenades, and cyber warfare for instance.

One of the big pushes we see presently, thus, guaranteed trends in the near term are with mini-drone defense systems to detect and eliminate threats. These small drones are being used by our enemies, terrorists, and are being considered valuable tools by anyone considering asymmetric strategies, and right now and in the near future, that includes all sides of the game, first world nations fighting fire-with-fire and the guerrilla or terrorist element. Two can play at that game, and both sides are and will continue as these technologies rapidly advance.

Everyone has UAVs now, even the terrorists. In a recent case Hezbollah had a little quad-drone flying over Israel, and the Israelis shot it down with a Patriot Missile – consider that for a minute, shooting down a little toy drone that one could buy at Wal-Mart for a $500-600 with a missile costing nearly one-million dollars. The hit-to-kill cost ratio tells us such methods are not sustainable. Thus, we will soon see small laser anti-drone guns to down little drones. In fact, we are going to see a lot of very cool high-tech weapons in the near future. Please consider all this – Don’t Hesitate, Be Great.

What Is The Human Condition In 2020?

There are a number of factors to consider when trying to understand the human condition in today’s world. These includes advances in technology and mankind’s effect on the environment. There are other factors to consider, however this article will focus on these two factors.

Advances In Technology

Advancing technology is changing the human condition. It is not just the advancing of technology but the pace at which it is changing. All through human history advances in science and technology has been transforming how we live. Today the rate at it which it is changing is staggering. Consider the advent of the computer and the internet. These technologies have transformed how we do business and communicate with each other. It seems everybody has a smart phone these days. These devices are phones that are packaged with electronics that what would be considered to be a super computer when man first set foot on the moon and launched the first space shuttle. These phones are equipped high-resolution cameras and can easily record any event and spread it all over the internet using numerous social media platforms, literally at the speed of light. All human events are now being covered by potentially 3.5 billion smart phones as of 2020 and number is growing everyday.

These advances in computer technology also mean there are cameras located everywhere that monitor all of our movement. These videos are recorded and stored on hundred’s of thousands of web severs throughout the world.

Video surveillance in the workplace is everywhere and has become accepted as the norm by most employees. Can you say big brother. Do employers have the right to monitor their employees using video cameras? Unfortunately the use of video cameras in the work place is quite common in places such as Canada.

Mankind’s Affect On The Environment

It seems every time you watch the news there is talk of how mankind is affecting the climate in a negative way. There always talk of the climate change and how the related overall warming of the planet will increase the number of extreme weather events. This means more hurricanes, flooding and wild fires that are completely out of control. Just ask the people who live in Western Canada, California and South East Asia.

Of course mankind’s effect on the environment is not just limited the land. The effects on the environment can be seen in rivers, lakes and oceans. These bodies of water are being choked with plastic and various toxic chemicals.

One source stated that in 2015 eight million tons of plastic waste are dumped in the oceans each year and the overall effect of this will mean there will be a tenfold increase in amount plastic waste by 2020.

This not only affects the helpless creatures that live in these environments but also the people living in the vicinity.

Best Regards