by Andrew West, Freedom OutPost:
The future is a scary place.
It can be easy to feel like we’re all hurtling toward some impending doom. The media is constantly telling us that climate change will soon render our planet uninhabitable, our political chaos is boiling over into violence thanks to folks like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and rogue nations such as North Korea and Iran are on the hunt for nuclear weapons.
On top of all that, however, is a threat that’s much closer to home: The rapid advance of technology. Not only have we given away nearly every vestige of our privacy to the online realm, but insidious new technologies are constantly being introduced by firms all across the planet.
The Pentagon is no exception, unfortunately, and their latest bit of invasive technology is enough to send a shiver down your spine.
Weapons researchers at the Department of Defense say the hi-tech weapon will be able to send brief messages – in the form of audible speech – across combat zones.
The aircraft, ship and truck-mounted devices are being developed as part of a military initiative called the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate.
The scientists plan to use a phenomenon of physics called the Laser-Induced Plasma formation to make the laser a reality.
First, they fire a powerful laser that creates a ball of plasma. Then, a second laser works to oscillate the plasma creating sound waves.
These intense laser bursts can then perfectly mimic human language, chief scientist Dave Law told the Military Times.
According to the Pentagon, the technology could be battle-ready in as little as five years.
While this may make for cleaner and safer war zones, the possibility that this technology could find its way into domestic use is what terrifies many. With the rapid militarization of local police forces around the nation, we could be hearing messages from law enforcement…whether we like it or not.