On Homeland 411, a post from War Room, the online journal of the U.S. Army War College, raises potentially daunting questions about the speed of technological change.
“Futurist, author, and computer scientist Ray Kurzweil estimates that between 2000 and 2007, technology advanced 1 million times – and predicts by his ‘Law of Accelerating Returns’ it will advance a billion times over the next thirty years,” the post notes.
“The implications of continued rapid technological change need urgent attention,” it warns. “Enabling technologies will change the character of war. U.S. leaders must get on board now and approach the coming change from a long-term view. In many cases, new and emerging technologies are already having effects, and may drive the military toward focusing on short-term reactions and solutions that simply won’t work for the long run.”
It’s definitely time to crouch and ponder where the future will be taking us in security terms.