In string theory, all particles are vibrations on a tiny rubber band; physics is the harmonies on the string; chemistry is the melodies we play on vibrating strings; the universe is a symphony of strings, and the ‘Mind of God’ is cosmic music resonating in 11-dimensional hyperspace — Michio Kaku
The word ‘Warfare’ sounds ominous. In reality, it is a race to obtain and maintain technological superiority. After nuclear deterrence, warfare turned economic. With the advance of the internet, cyber warfare became the next frontier. The wars of the future will use Artificial Intelligence, Nanotechnology, Quantum computing and vast troves of data. In other words, Mars (the god of war) is entering a quantum world. The war of the future will be literally played at the subatomic and genetic level. Thus, it will be defined by our capability to understand and manipulate physical qubits and biological genes.
After World War II, war, over time, has become more subtle, less visible but more sinister. This article traces the historical developments in warfare and maps out a likely future of warfare. At the end, war by any means is a primal instinct. This article concludes by offering a way forward to removing the edge of the other side of this Damocles’ sword and envisions a world without warfare. More importantly, this article looks at the things we need to do to overcome inequality and a dystopian future where the disenfranchised live under a dark cloud of acid rain. After all, science fiction, eerily enough, is a very, very strong self fulfilling prophecy. Let’s make it a positive prophecy.
Warfare Becomes Subtler
Sun Tzu wrote, in his 5th Century BC treatise ‘The Art Of War’, that the supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting. That approach is the quintessential approach behind the creation of many empires. The idea is to use diplomacy, strategic alliances and counter alliances to break down the enemy mentally. Calling the infantry is the last resort.