1classybadger wrote:but we do not have gods eye, sattilite reconnasince is very very good, yes, but it can only tell us so much, and can not see into buildings.
We already have the hard part, a connected world with cameras everywhere, and both hacking and face recognition programs exist, it would probably be very easy to make God's Eye real (and very illegal
), but there are other things (like a room full of hackers, spys in google, or a room full analysts reading blogs from that part of the world) that are just as effective that we can do now that don't involve placing humans in hot zones just to grab info.
1classybadger wrote:now, humans have one final advantage, they can't be subverted by a teen in a cafe with a laptop. there have been repeated instances of drones being taken control of, albieit temporarily and unable to utilize their payloads due to an improper control set up (preadators don't use the WASD set up it would seem). we will never replace every soldier with an RC car with a gun, because frankly thats a bad idea. all the enemy has to do, is go to anywhere with rapid shifts in elevation that would make it impossible for the car to go, and there they can sit and laugh and plan.
Humans are actually easier to subvert (without the need of laptops), all that takes is the right words or actions and you can do anything from distracting them for a moment to making them betray their own country (it can be argued that the real reason we lost Vietnam was subversion of the masses by media), quit frankly the war we are currently in is all about human subversion. At least Drones have updatable firewalls and if we switched to Ternary instead of Binary for strictly army computers they might be unhackable (or at least out of reach for laptop owning terrorists and teens).
As to buildings, tread drones can probably be made to take stairs, but you can also do this:
1classybadger wrote:as for the mask, you don't use those one patrols, you use them on raids, when you want to instill the fear of god in your target.
In that case, the only reason to have boots on the ground is for the friendly neighborhood patrols and FOB guards.
A flock of the above gun armed quid copters drones plus some rocket armed tread bots and few kamikaze bomb quid copters drones would put the fear of god into me a lot more if I saw that coming over the hill to kill me gun toting buds for the simple reason that they don't have to retreat when they suffer casualties, probably won't, and be calling for more of their friends to join in once they have lost 50% of their fighting power.
Also you can't just strip a downed Drone of its weapons and reuse it immediately like you can with soldiers, you would really have to know what you are doing get anything beyond ammo out of it once the fighting stops (if it stops
) whereas a fresh US army or marine corpse is like a treasure chest full of goodies: body armor, new shoes, guns, rations, ammo, helmet, sunglasses, combat knife, personal effects, etc. (basically what ever he had on him that didn't get damaged in the fighting).