Nanoweapons: Nanotechnology Weapons Of Genocide
Nanovirus On The Horizon
Nanoweapons: Nanotechnology Weapons
Nanoweapons of Decimation
Nanotechnology is increasing in scope everyday, and although there are seemingly infinite possible applications to benefit civilization, many top names in both science and literature seem to warn of nanoweapons that have the power to drastically reduce the population of the Earth. Some may do so intentionally as would be the case if a country, or even a small terrorist organization, was able to develop and produce nanotechnology weapons such as a DNA-targeting nanobot that could perhaps target all humans with even a trace of Anglo-American descent. Perhaps, rather than targeting a specific race it might be easier for a nanoweapon to target every race but one. A sort of doomsday scenario where the first race to release such a devastating nanoweapon would be able to simply walk into the previously occupied territory, dispose of the bodies, and take over the infrastructure. If game theory is any indicator then the odds are that a holder of such a nanoweapon (who believes it will work and they can get away with it) will be likely to do just that. That game theory prediction is in fact the reason that Russia has long ago developed the "Dead Hand" aka Perimeter system. That security mechanism is able to launch their nuclear strike missiles even if (and especially in case) Russian leadership has been somehow eliminated. A mechanism to protect the remaining civilians or just a way to go out in a bang, the assessment is debatable. But even if scientists, corporations, and government leadership all understand the moral responsibility inherent in such nanoweapons, there are also ways that nanotechnology could simply get out of control creating a veritable Armageddon scenario by accident. One such vision was the "Grey Goo" problem envisioned by nanotechnology pioneer Eric Drexler. In such a case, self-replicating nanobots would continuously replicate at an uncontrollable rate and with artificial intelligence until they were covering almost everything and strangling humans and other life from existence. Intentionally or unintentionally it seems clear that nanoweapons are on the way and the real question is how can we protect ourselves.
Nanoweapons that target specific versions of human DNA or specific races would only be evolutionary in their manner of attack not the concept itself. That is because there is much evidence that "ethnic bombs" or race-specific viruses have been being worked on for quite some time now as a bioweapon of extermination. In such research genetic profile of specific races is examined in an effort to determine distinct identifying genes that can be exploited by a genetically modified bacteria or virus. There have been reports of Israel investigating the potentials for use against Arabs, and any other racism could likely be exploited in a similar manner. Extrapolate the research being done in biological warfare and chemical warfare to include nanotechnology weapons and things become even more troublesome. It is clear that societies will need a great deal of new vaccines and cures to deal with possible targeted nanoweapons.
Now be certain that this article is not meant to spread fear on a new way that Armageddon could reach the population. No this is merely a primer to make sure that you are thinking about such things. In fact nanotechnology will bring great things in the upcoming years. There will be medical breakthroughs and other things that were not otherwise feasible until society searched on the atomic level and discerned the previously non-visible. However, nanoweapons and there dangers do look to be an emerging that should not be easily ignored.