posted on Jun, 24 2003 @ 06:23 PM
as much as the fighter pilot may be the last vestige of the chivalric ideal, we have to pursue this tech to its fullest to stay ahead. In the 16th
century Japan had more, and better, firearms than any other country in the world. Its nobility, though, came to see guns as a threat to their samurai
lifestyle (as a peasant could use a gun... and as it made the skilled swordsman obsolete), so they banned firearms across the country in an attempt to
preserve that part of their culture....
...well, commodore Perry sure scared the hell out of them, 3 centuries later, when he steamed into Tokyo harbor and started shooting off his
...another thought regarding robots: As much as robotic aircraft can give the us a big advantage, they also, in a way, make a lot of our arsenal
obsolete, just as the HMS Dreadnought made chunks of the royal navy outdated upon its launch. Just think, Japan, which is a leader in the world of
robotics, can, more or less, build a robotic force from scratch and perhaps rival the US...?