2025 TECHNOLOGY ABSTRACT
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Technology Abstract Title: CyberAviation
Description: The main concept of my topic will relate to the development of a cyber-human link with the aircraft of tommorrow's Air Force. In order for my ideas to be possible, it requires a development of bio-computer innovations.It would be necessary for man to be able to biologically support a computer system in the body. I foresee the future aviator as a `Six million dollar man`, one who does not necessarily have any bionic `super powers', but is linked to his aircraft's main computer system. No longer would the cockpits be filled wit many complex computer systems, for the pilots brain would now support these systems. Vital seconds would be gained from the brains inept [sic - 'innate'] ability to act as a `supercomputer`. All on board systems would simply be controlled with a thought, not even necessarily a conscious one. If pilot was be attacked from an enemy aircraft, he would be made aware of the fact long before any convensional weapons and radar systems would let him/her know. It would be as though the pilot and the aircraft had become one machine.
Advantages: There would be many advantages to the new cyber link with the aircraft. The pilot would no longer be stuck at the mercy of complex computers, he would simply have an assimilated understanding of the aircraft. With proper development it might even be possible for the pilot not to be physically attached to the aircraft, or for that matter even in the plane. He would have an electronic link to the machine. Somewhat similiar to todays use of remote control planes for reconn. However the pilot wouldn't be limited to a video link, he would see what the plane sees. With this innovation, the number of casualties of a war would be reduced greatly. Yet it would still dispell the fears of a war of total machines with no human control, it would eliminate the possiblities for a `Terminatoresque` future.
Challenges: Presently the only limitations to the future of cyberAviation is in the development of the human to computer link. I don't forsee to many objections to a war where human lives will be spared.
Countermeasures: There is always the possibility of a computer failure which could result in a loss of machine and possibly human life. Also, it is not known how the human brain would be affetced by an increase in its output, which would be caused by the link , eventhough Man only uses about 5-10% of his total intellectual ability.
Possible Applications: No data supplied
References: The only present day developments which I know of are in the medical field, in the area of smart prostetics. In which small micro chips are used to help the amputee to gain a more natural useage of their prostesis.
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