So It Begins

Here’s another for the futurists like John and Mark.

Israel developing anti-militant “bionic hornet”

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – 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.

Assassination just got a lot more interesting. The ramifications of these things are mind boggling. The only thing worse than killing masses of people with ease through a chemical or biological attack, is being able to take out the most critical almost totally undetected and far away from the target.

About Chirol

Sir Ignatius Valentine Chirol (1852 - 1929) was a journalist, prolific author, world historian, and British diplomat. He began his career as a foreign correspondent and later became editor of the London Times. After two decades as a journalist he joined Her Majesty's Foreign Ministry as a diplomat and was subsequently knighted for his distinguished service as a foreign affairs advisor. Additionally, he wrote a dozen books on foreign affairs including The Far Eastern Question (1896), Serbia and the Serbs (1914), The End of the Ottoman Empire (1920) and The Egyptian Problem (1921). He is generally credited with popularizing "Middle East" in reference to the Arabian Peninsula with his book The Middle Eastern Question (1903). "Chirol" is a US citizen and graduate student studying Defense and Strategic Studies and government contractor. As with the historical Chirol, he has traveled to over two dozen countries and lived abroad for many years. Chirol speaks English and German fluently with basic knowledge of manyl of others.
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8 Responses to So It Begins

  1. ElamBend says:

    There was an interesting Tom Selleck sci-fi movie in the early eighties (also starring Gene Simmons of Kiss!). Part of it involved these pistols that shot miniature heatseeking missiles that would home in on people. The bionic hornet seems little different.

  2. Kurt says:

    The bionic hornet can be used as a delivery vehicle for a biological vector.

  3. Chirol says:

    ElamBend: I remember that, though not the name. What ever happened to Tom Selleck. I guess he’s dead.

  4. elambend says:

    Chirol,
    No way! He’s doing mostly TV work, including Boston Legal, which also has Shattner: T.J. Hooker and Magnum P.I. on the same show. I haven’t seen any of his latest work, so I don’t know how good it is, but when I was younger, I sure did like Magnum P.I. I had dreams of becoming an P.I. myself.
    In hindsight, I think the Ferrari and Hawaii location had a lot to do with those dreams, especially for a kid stuck in really rural Missouri.

    As for the Bionic Hornets, what about swarms of them?

    PS – the movie is “Runaway”

  5. subadei says:

    _The bionic hornet can be used as a delivery vehicle for a biological vector._

    Wouldn’t that qualify them as biological weapons? Given the general aversion to the use of such are these really tenable for combat? Covert ops maybe.
    They’d make a hell of a recon group. Talk about fly on the wall.
    Imagine the bad guys getting their hands on this technology.

  6. Kurt says:

    This bionic hornet is not really nanotechnology. It is a MEMS-based flying device. This sort of stuff has been under development for some time in the MEMS community and can be fabricated by some MEMS foundries. There are alot of MEMS foundries in Asia.

    A non-lethal version of this hornet would be a great toy for hobbiests. Once the Wi-max networks go up and the micro fuel cell technology gets developed, these micro flying devices will become quite popular for a variety of applications. Police will use them for law-enforcement monitoring. Companies will use them and people will use them to spy on each other (even for voyeurism). Imagine the porno made from these things.

  7. CTDeLude says:

    The cliche had to be used, but, brave new world.

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