Telepathic Helmets! Power-Generating Pants! How Will Military Technology Change the Way We Live?

Thursday, May 27, 2010

A Soldier (left) from the Future Combat Systems, Evaluation Brigade Combat Team, views his screen for unforeseen obstacles during an exercise and live demonstration. (U.S. Army)

The American love affair with military technology has stretched out for decades - from the walkie talkies of the post-WWII era to the GPS systems that are used in our cars today. But as military technologies become more sophisticated and information technologies grow more complex, will we continue to love the high tech gizmos the military invents, or want to escape them?  

Brad Allenby is the Lincoln professor of Ethics and Engineering at Arizona State University and chair of the Consortium on Emerging Technology, Military Operations, and National security. He walks us through some of the new technologies being developed by our armed forces.

And Daniel Sarewitz is co-director of the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes. While appreciating the value of these inventions, he also sees that they have the potential to change our lives for the worse.


Brad Allenby and Daniel Sarewitz

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer

Comments [2]

John Decker

This is a great article and it is very true that military technology changes the way we live. They have created so many technological innovations that they use for different purposes these days. For example, they use GPS systems for unmanned aerial vehicles. Obviously, these systems are more advanced then the regular car GPS devices but it is still amazing the things they can achieve with this technology.

Sep. 24 2013 10:45 AM

Technology is playing a vital role in daily life. It makes the life easy.

Serve Technology

Aug. 15 2010 04:28 AM

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