Saturday, November 18, 2006

life, no known relationship to the movies 

Your tax dollars at work:

Israel is using nanotechnology to try to create a robot no bigger than a hornet that would be able to chase, photograph and kill its targets, an Israeli newspaper reported on Friday.

The flying robot, nicknamed the "bionic hornet", would be able to navigate its way down narrow alleyways to target otherwise unreachable enemies such as rocket launchers, the daily Yedioth Ahronoth said.


The research integrates nanotechnology into Israel's security department and will find creative solutions to problems the army has been unable to address, Deputy Prime Minister Shimon Peres told Yedioth Ahronoth.

"The war in Lebanon proved that we need smaller weaponry. It's illogical to send a plane worth $100 million against a suicidal terrorist. So we are building futuristic weapons," Peres said.


Prototypes for the new weapons are expected within three years, he said.

Yes, building futuristic weapons sounds much more logical than sending a plane against a terrorist. Almost magically more logical. We must find creative, and expensive, solutions to problems the army is unable to address.

Most importantly, we must not ever think that there is a problem that an army or technology cannot address.


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