Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Substitutes for Humans in war

HeroRats are rodents who have been specially trained to sniff out unexploded landmines. The Dutch organization Anti-Personnel Land Mines Detection Product Development (APOPO), use Pavlovian conditioning to teach the rats to detect the scent of TNT.

IMO: If the West wants to survive, as I have frequently stated in this blog the easiest solution may be in robotics (using such methods as drone aerial surveys) and the use of animals such as armoured attack dogs, rodents and even parasites. It may be unfair on the non human entities concerned but it may allow continuance of the existence of Western nations like USA and the EU. Numbers of overseas insurgents (to take a middle of road example, say the Taliban or Al Qaeda) are already too large to handle otherwise without massive large scale destruction, more along the lines of Auschwitz or Dresden or Hiroshima than modern persons want to stomach. Many people in the West are too far from the front line to appreciate new realities.

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