Nanoweapons: A Growing Threat to Humanity

Nanoweapons: A Growing Threat to Humanity

Nanoweapons: A Growing Threat to Humanity

Nanoweapons: A Growing Threat to Humanity

Synopsis

Nanoweapons just might render humanity extinct in the near future--a notion that is frightening and shocking but potentially true. In Nanoweapons Louis A. Del Monte describes the most deadly generation of military weapons the world has ever encountered. With dimensions one-thousandth the diameter of a single strand of human hair, this technology threatens to eradicate humanity as it incites world governments to compete in the deadliest arms race ever.

In his insightful and prescient account of this risky and radical technology, Del Monte predicts that nanoweapons will dominate the battlefield of the future and will help determine the superpowers of the twenty-first century. He traces the emergence of nanotechnology, discusses the current development of nanoweapons--such as the "mini-nuke," which weighs five pounds and carries the power of one hundred tons of TNT--and offers concrete recommendations, founded in historical precedent, for controlling their proliferation and avoiding human annihilation. Most critically, Nanoweapons addresses the question: Will it be possible to develop, deploy, and use nanoweapons in warfare without rendering humanity extinct?

Excerpt

Reports that say that something hasn’t happened are always interest
ing to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are
things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns;
that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there
are also unknown unknowns—the ones we don’t know we don’t know.
And if one looks throughout the history of our country and other free
countries, it is the latter category that tend to be the difficult ones.

— donald rumsfeld

Scenario of a Nanoweapons Attack—An enemy could kill you before you finish this sentence. the enemy need not be present nor the killer human. You are a civilian, not a military combatant. You are not associated with any political action group. in fact, you cracked open this book for a quick read while finishing your morning coffee and getting ready for work. You’re employed as a chef for a nursing home, nothing strategic to the national defense. Your political beliefs are a conglomeration of the previous week’s news cycles. Friends say you are easygoing and likable. You have a loving fiancée whom you are marrying next month. the calendar on your refrigerator is your “to do” list, surrounded by business cards from the wedding photographer, florist, caterer, and such. You have plans for a honeymoon and a family. Yet for some unknown reason you are one of the first victims of a nanoweapons attack. There will be no way to see it coming and no way to escape. Your autopsy will show that you died from an “unknown cause.” Some at your funeral will mourn and openly ask, Why?

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