Science Daily says that a
remote AUV sub can patrol shores to fight terrorism. The College
William & Mary's Virginia Institute of
Science has developed their little AUV named
scan for fish and sharks and can be modified to scan for subs and
terrorists and perhaps even follow them! Just about everything
scientific is retooled for Anti-Terrorism duties these days and we can
find Terrorists everywhere, even underwater! Fetch can
stay under water for hours and can cover many miles unlike ROVs or
Not meaning to pick on this particular article or AUV, but doesn't it
generally seem that everyone has their hand out for money to the
Homeland Security Department lately? It's like they try to promote
their drones or auvs or nanotechnology or robots as can help with Anti-
Terrorism efforts! It's like they can't get any attention just being a
science project that they are, or keep funding for their project going,
so they put a tag of "CAN HELP FIGHT TERRORISM" on the project, and
then everyone is all of a sudden interested! Then they seemingly hope
to get some more funding for their project. They have all of these
vaporware grand ideas of how it could possibly help fight terrorism.
Why don't their name their project "Terror Buster" or something like
that. Naw, nevermind, it's probably just me and not getting enough
coffee this morning.
Yes it does seem these days that any new whizbang technology has
an "also fights terror" label slapped on it. I definately noticed a
heightened interest in face recognition in recent years.
Actually although technology is useful I think there's a limit to which
you can use it to fight terrorism. There's still no substitute for
good human intelligence in what are basically social/political matters.
Looks like the Antarctic deployment of Autosub was a success: Autosub
expedition journal archive
Homeland security is indeed a new research gravy train - but there's a
good reason everyone's hopping on the bandwagon. The government has a
lot of money dedicated to homeland security now, and there's quite a bit
going to AUV work.