Sunday, June 12, 2005

Speaking of sci-fi coming to life

David Drake has written a number of short stories and novels where video/sound recorders are mounted on troops' helmets. Now read this over at Strategy Page on how we're partly/mostly there.

Drake also pointed out this has good/bad sides; it can capture details for later study and intelligence use, and it can provide even greater opportunities for Monday-morning quarterbacking.

As it's been said, the genie is out of the bottle, so the question is how we'll deal with it.


buckethead said...

If the OICW had gone into service, troops in about five years would look an awful lot like the Colonial Marines from Aliens. Video gear, funky looking weapon and all.

Firehand said...

From what I saw of the OICW, it made me think of something Miles Vorkosigan said to a bio-weapons designer; "Was ANYONE on your design team combat-experienced?" How anyone could propose a weapon system with a 40lb battery pack is beyond me.