It never ceases to amaze me at how proficient humans are at killing; be it plants, animals, or themselves.
Since that hairy-knuckled ancestor of yours climbed out of the tree on the African savannah and took to inhabiting those caves uptown, he’s honed his killing skills to a fine razor’s edge. And as good as humans are at killing, with the help of technology, there’s even more room for improvement.
Figuring out how to pack a processor and other electronics into a machine gun bullet has been a challenge for engineers at Sandia National Laboratories, so weapons experts say the miniature guidance system the lab has developed is a breakthrough.
Three years in the making, the bullet prototype represents another step toward a next-generation battlefield that scientists and experts expect to be saturated with technology and information.
Oooh, boy! A guided .50 caliber bullet… you can run, but you can’t hide. The Browning M2 machine gun fires 1/2″ diameter bullets at a prodigious rate downrange. You don’t want to be on the receiving end of this devestating weapon. And while the weapon itself is not new, these spiffy guided slugs sure are.
Ms. Bryan continues:
More than $1 million in research and development grants have taken the project this far.
A million is a tiny drop in the ol’ piss bucket, I admit. However, one has to wonder what the world would be like if we stopped spending so much on improving our killing skills and instead invested in our living skills.
Defense department researchers and contractors are already developing flying nano-bots that can stream live video, contact lenses that would allow soldiers to focus simultaneously on virtual digital images and their surroundings, and smartphone apps that help with tactical operations.
Killing seems to be our business. We’re good at it… always have been.
Have a great day!