As I'm somewhat of a stickler for attribution, I've included the MINDEF Singapore link
Micro robotics and swarming technology are not technologies we generally associate with bio-security or even dual-use. However, as I have previously published at article in the New English Review entitled: Hezbollah's UAV Biological Weapon Capability: A game changer? (see:http://www.newenglishreview.org/custpage.cfm/frm/140408/sec_id/140408), and in light of a couple recent articles on this future technology, it seemed time to revisit the topic. Two technologies were recently identified in Urbanest Web: Terrific Tech: 10 Futuristic Advances in Robotics by Delana, micro robotics and swarming technology and one can imagine on the micro scale that this may have applications other than intelligence collection.
In the first instance, the article notes "Sending one robot into enemy territory to gather intelligence? Way too financially risky. Sending hundreds or even thousands of tiny, cheap, easily replaceable robots? Much smarter. Researchers are developing itty-bitty solar powered robots that could move in swarm formations to gather data from targets....and it wouldn't matter much if some were lost or destroyed in the process because they would be so cheap to produce." But what if micro robots were fitted with biological agents which could be released over a given area and how could we counter this risk? Certainly one can imagine agricultural applications with minor modifications. From a counter terror or bio-security perspective, there are issues which should be considered in relation to BW. Unlike the need for huge lay-downs of say anthrax in an anti-personnel scenario, micro-robots are well suited to deliver toxins or pathogens to a very specific targeted area and would be difficult to initially counter. As BW are in some instances, living, replicating weapons, it would be difficult in either an urban area or on the battlefield to contend with.
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