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THE NEW NANOWEAPONS ARMS RACE

In addition to genetic modifications that could conceivably be engineered to create a new "species" of super soldiers, another technology has entered the arms race: nano-technology.

The \'Nano-Enhanced\' Super Soldier

One sees here the fantasies of science fiction coming to life: "bio-suit" interfaces with the human mind and body, nano-robots inside a body to repair wounds, enhance muscular function, endurance, perhaps even to inhibit normal moral constraints and emotions. Additionally, one can envision nano-technology being employed on the spaceships of the future, to repair microscopic hull breaches from micro-meteors. The possibilities are as endless as the human imagination itself. Indeed, early theorists of nano-technology envisioned the ultimate "nano-doomsday," a small nano-machine instructed to do nothing but turn everything it encountered into "gray goo."

Of course, all of this is in the future - one would hope, the distant future as far as the malevolent applications are concerned. Yet, lest we forget, it was only in 1986 that Eric Drexler wrote his popular expose of nano-technology, Engines of Creation, and only a short time before that that IBM had managed to spell out its corporate initials by engineering xenon atoms into the letters "I", "B", and "M." Not to be outdone, Bell Laboratories followed up that engineering-on-the-atomic scale with something even more impressive: constructing the first artificially made atom. It is, truly, a kind of nano-alchemy.

So, consider those rudimentary beginnings, and the linked article above, and you'll see how far we've come, in a very short time. And it has only just begun...

....See you on the flip side!

4 thoughts on “THE NEW NANOWEAPONS ARMS RACE”

  1. one of the things that always bothered me about nano tech, is
    that aside from anything robotic that they do, they are, let’s
    face it, molecules, ergo they are chemicals.

    so what might they do interacting in the body with our
    chemicals, let alone stuff taken in from the environment,
    smoking, cell phone interaction with cells, ambient radar,
    drugs, medications, herbs, supplements, etc?

  2. After watching the xfiles where a very nasty Krycek injects AD Skinner with nanobots and then he controls his life or death with the flick of a pda, and Chris Carters track record on inside in formation (Look up the show the Long Gunmen in regards to the episode they did on flying an airliner into the WTC, years before) I hope this is one of the times he is off. Since its too nasty for me! If they cant even get safe inoculations right I would never let them put little robots in me.

    1. Chris nobody is asking you for permission to put little robots in you.Thats the silly misconception about chips in general .People all over the place are saying “Ill never take a chip!” not knowing they already have.From what Ive heard all the kids born since the mid 1980 have them from day 1

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