Inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil predicted that between 2000 and 2025, humanity will experience more technological progress than was experienced during the entire 20th century, which, in turn, saw more than our species encountered during the previous millennium.
It’s an incredibly optimistic projection — and one that humanity is on track to realize. Consider that even a first generation Apple iPhone costs 10 times less, weighs nearly 100 times less, and is 100 times more capable than the best desktop computers of 25 years before. This is the story of Moore’s Law, radically reshaping the world through exponential improvements in information technology. It’s no wonder new gadgets, breakthroughs, internet- based services seem to emerge daily. Among these trends: we stand on the threshold of a new era of capability in artificial intelligence and autonomy. The machines we create next will resemble us—and surpass us—in ways that would have seemed impossible a generation ago. It’s an exciting time to be a consumer or producer of technology. But for the United States military, charged with predicting and defending against strategic surprise, the rate of technological advancement heralds both promise and danger. The power to invent and harness technologies of global consequence has migrated from nation- states to corporations to, increasingly, individuals.
This volume, through 5 articles, looks at how the Defense Department and the wider national security community are preparing to defend the nation in the age of rapid technological evolution against increasingly capable adversaries and threats.
- When robots start conflicts
- Laser-armed drones will arrive by 2020
- How 3D printing will revolutionnize the army
- The new arms race in quantum science
- Beaming power to tomorrow’s battlefield from space ?
Source: Defense one. Read the volume here.