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Thread: Nanobot and micro drone warfare against civilians is now a possibility.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cthulhu View Post
    Not if a dynamic AI is installed and running the craft....Which is in development.
    I was loosely involved in some research for auto-navigation (unsupervised pathfinding) using quad drones. As you can see, they're clumsy. They're also loud, and louder with payload. Jamming won't affect a completely autonomous drone, as you stated. There's a lot of military money being poured into this kind of AI research because it can, in theory, minimize collateral damage by getting very close to the target -- basically flying assassins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OGIS View Post
    No thanks. Personal gripe. ArcLight, at least in parts of Laos, left a mega-$#@!-ton of unexploded ordnance that had to be tiptoed through about a decade later. Not good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by resister View Post
    I want one capable of knocking out cell phones at a 100 ft!
    You're gonna need a lot more capacitor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crepitus View Post
    You're gonna need a lot more capacitor.
    Yeah bit wouldn't that be sweet?
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    Quote Originally Posted by resister View Post
    Yeah bit wouldn't that be sweet?
    Yes, in certain situations it would be good
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crepitus View Post
    Yes, in certain situations it would be good
    Is is one at a protest. Near police cars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cthulhu View Post
    Is is one at a protest. Near police cars.

    Fear profits a man nothing.
    Of course I would never think of using one of those in an illegal fashion. They are for demonstration purposes only.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crepitus View Post
    Of course I would never think of using one of those in an illegal fashion. They are for demonstration purposes only.
    Neither would I. That's like, illegal or something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Common View Post
    Nuclear drones certainly seem to be coming, weve been using drones in the middle east for some time to supposedly make surgical hits.

    Its only reasonable to believe they will get more and more powerful. <scarey>
    I wrote an SF short story about that. I recall that I posted it here, quite a while ago (year?). Anyone have access to it, or save a copy? I can't seem to find it in my posting list.

    (My own copy is on the other PC, that blew up a while back. I'd accidentally saved it in a non-backed-up directory. Haven't had the chance to get the PC to the shop yet to copy that directory.)

    It would be apropos to post it again in this thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crepitus View Post
    Your own personal EMP field.

    Makes you popular wherever you go!

    True job creation. This would create whole new specialties in the fields of legal, insurance, adjusters, accounting, police training, programmers.... Just a few off the top of my heavily medicated head. I can give reasons if anyone thinks "no," but I think these are pretty obvious.


    I see protocols developing. Some will allow swarms of tiny (probably the size of peas), flying PDBs (Personal Defense Bots) to safely interpenetrate each other... say as if on a crowded sidewalk at Noon in the business district. There will be protocols for different PDB swarms in such a crowd to cooperate together to collectively protect the entire "herd" from the predator.


    PDB weaponry would probably include:
    - a shocker/stunner (simple capacitor),
    - a "kamakazi" emp generator to take out enemy PDBs (probably Phlebotinum powered ), and
    - a tiny explosive charge for kamakazi ramming drama.


    The first and third are also effective against human prey.


    Bad guys might have their own swarms, armed with NBC agents of assorted deadliness, as well as the above.


    Imagine ICBMs with payloads of such microbots. No mushroom clouds. The missile just shoots out hundreds or thousands of tiny missiles all of which deploy airfoils and float in the winds... and then release millions of those Bad Guy microbots.


    Scoff at pea-sized bots? Please research the curve followed by the "transistors per square mm" metric. And follow the [tons of] money. I rest my case.


    But wait! There's more! Let's go CELL-sized. Scoffing again? Back in 2014, scientists at the University of Texas built and tested a working motor small enough to fit inside a cell.
    http://newatlas.com/nanomotor-for-na...elivery/32160/


    Understandable fears aside, consider the medical value of having millions of (super-well-controlled!) nanobots cruising through your body in constant search of something to fix. They might even eventually be able to do things like weed-out cells that are going cancerous. Or possibly do nanosurgery and zap out with a CRISPR tools the chromosomes that mutated and caused the cell to go cancerous.


    They might be able to help out with that nasty, repetitive job (almost literally like laying chemical bricks) of rebuilding the telomeres that cap the ends of chromosomes. You might want to think a bit about the implications of that.


    Their ill-effect on you would be a tiny increase in weight and a small increase in your calorie intake (the nanobots get power from chemical reactions that, in effect, steal sugar from your cells. You eat more to compensate.


    You could consider them the nano-sized equivalent of the man-sized android prototypes being created right now by DARPA and Boston Dynamics (among many others). Those androids - Big Dog, ASIMO types, maybe spider types? snake-types? - might serve a shock-troop support function for flesh and blood soldiers.


    The nanobots will be the shock-troops for the body's white blood cells, the lymph system, and certain other critical life-support systems.


    Imagine a soldier with a nanobot-packed body.


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    My answer - everyone has bots - is the only answer that works. Because sure as chit some azzhole running some chithole country somewhere is going to see this technology as a way to World Emperor-ship. Unlike nuclear bomb technology, this kind of technology is freely talked about all over the world. Millions or even billions will die.
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