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Tyler Campos English 1106 Research Paper Smith 2:00pm Soldier of Fortune? Soldier of Tomorrow. “Within three years, soldiers could begin testing futuristic devices that make them each "an army of one" by granting them unprecedented capabilities” -Charles Q. Choi “The American military is working on a new generation of soldiers, far different from the army it has… The robot soldier is coming.” -Tim Weiner The media today is filled with futuristic ideas of a future soldier. Movies, television shows, and video games all give the public the view of a soldier who can run faster, jump higher, run farther, and fight better than anyone else on the battlefield. Whether it is going from a rock to a rifle or wearing a strap of leather to carbon nanotube composites, we are always evolving. Throughout many times in history we can also depict time periods where we go through phases called “Jump Time,” according to Jean Houston. There are new pieces of armor, new weapons, new ways of communication, and the list goes on. For me, what makes a super soldier is the ergonomics. By making everything easier, we create the super soldier. History will show that the innovations we are finding, the technology we are unveiling, and the leaps and bounds we are currently moving by, are evidence that we are in a “Jump Time.” We are evolving at such a rate that this is evidently a new technological era, the most drastic technological evolution yet. As far back as we know, humans have been using weapons. We start with rocks and slings and evolve to bows and arrows. Communication was by simple word of mouth or hand
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signals. Over thousands of years we were able to evolve these technologies ever so slowly. Millenniums later we seemed to move from throwing rocks to launching rocks, using hand signals to colored flags and couriers, and primitive “Rambo-like” tactics to line skirmishes. With that in mind, think about the last century. What I found interesting was that one of the greatest advancements of its time was the use of fireworks. The Chinese would develop rockets that burn a series of magnesium, copper, and potassium to emit colors in the sky. It was such a primitive tactic, yet innovative for the time. We now have gone from launching a rock to using a laser targeting system to fly a nuclear missile through a window from halfway around the world. Bullets have gone from a one piece composition to a two piece composition. It doesn’t sound like much but it has revolutionized the firearm completely. In history, it was always whoever lost the least amount of troops would win the war. Whoever had more men on the battlefield would be victorious. Now the primary goal for all military fields is who can put the least men on the battlefield. Right off of the bat, this would sound absurd to a 16 th century commander. However, we now can put the next few phrases into context, “robot soldiers, super soldiers, unmanned aerial vehicles and weapons.” Soon there will be no more men on the battlefield.
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