The flip side

Every technology also has it’s darker applications. You almost as easily use a quadrotor to inspect your crops on the fields or scout a disaster area as use it to scout military targets. For the moment the US is heavily using UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) in war zones. Most of them are fixed wing aircrafts (“planes”), but there are already some rotorcraft designs (helicopters, quadrotors,…) in use.

While most quadrotor designs are not armed, they can already do quite a lot as you can see in the following video:

As you see, this would be as useful for counter-terrorism units as for the military. On one side, it can save the lives of your people, on the other, it can give a big advantage to destroy the lives of other people.

What do you think about your research being used in military applications?


  1. 24/12/2012 at 11:34

    For my thesis subject there is no disadvantage as kind of ‘bad’ use. Like is gonna be my blog topic ‘test animals’ can be of great issue with mine. Of course a breakthrough in BTE can be very useful on the spot for military operations, since it enhance bone regeneration.

    • 24/12/2012 at 12:20

      Would that mean if for instance the US military came to you and said: “Here is a nice grant for your research. We would like that you keep us informed of your progress”, you would take it without questions?

  2. michaeltijskens
    29/12/2012 at 14:41

    For our thesis subject, i think that it would be good if they were to install the hydrogen generator on there vehicles. If you consider how many vehicles are used in the army(Boats, Tanks, Trucks, …), they could realize a HUGE cost saving on fuel. Not only would it be good for their wallet, it also would be great for the environment!

    • 07/01/2013 at 17:34

      If permission is given to install the hydrogen generators on military vehicles, they will indeed become cheap. But in this ways, more military vehicles will be produced, wich reduces the fear of starting a war.

      • 24/01/2013 at 15:59

        I don’t see how having more military vehicles would change the fear of starting a war. It is not because you have a lot of vehicles you will suddenly start a war. There are many other things that have a bigger impact on this decision. For example, having enemies, having troops and weapons etc. The decision will not be based on the amount of vehicles you have.

      • 02/02/2013 at 15:30

        I agree, but the confidence of starting a war of a person that has weapons is much higher compared with someone who has nothing to reply on.

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