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The top defense technology trends that will change the world

From brain-computer interfaces to programmable materials, these are the trends that will change the world as we know it today.

These defense technologies will have a profound impact beyond the defense sectors, according to a recent report title “Transforming defence: six science and technology trends that will change the world”from a UK-based research company QinetiQ in partnership with Wired. It considers off-the-shelf or off-the-shelf (COTS) commercial technologies versus internal military monopolies of emerging technologies.

According to QinetiQ science and engineering researchers:

…the last 30 years have brought multiple innovations such as smartphones, cryptocurrency, augmented reality, gene editing, social media platforms… the list goes on. Many of them are based on revolutionary fundamental technologies such as AI and cloud computing. Tremendous progress has also been made in areas such as robotics, nanotechnology and biotechnology.

So what comes next? According Elon Muskone of the main drivers of this explosion of new technologies, we will see humans on mars in the next five years. But what about closer to home? What innovations and trends will prevail in the coming years?

“In previous decades, we have seen cutting-edge science and technology come from the defense industry, given the large investment budgets that were previously required,” said Mike SewartGroup Chief Technology Officer, QinetiQ.

“As the pace of change accelerates and technology becomes more prolific, new products, services and business models are increasingly emerging from the wider world of commerce. That said, it is essential that defense and security organizations learn from the global trends that surround us and, combined with knowledge of the defense and security domain, use them to protect our national interests for the future.

This report focuses on six key areas for advancement, exploring the underlying technology and the uses that can be made of it, while speculating on the opportunities or challenges they may present for the defense and security sectors. security :

  1. Brain-computer interfaces: By controlling machines using only brain waves, we will fundamentally change the way we interact with technology.
  2. Quantum technology: Subatomic particle science will revolutionize fields such as computing and sensors, transforming many areas of our lives.
  3. Programmable materials: A growing suite of new materials development techniques will enable the integration of intelligent capabilities into the objects around us.
  4. Edge Computing: As the internet of things predominates, the ability to process data closer to its source will become increasingly important.
  5. Biomimicry: Nature-inspired technology, based on insights from millions of years of evolution, will open up new areas of innovation in a multitude of fields.
  6. Electromagnetic interference: Potential new threats will emerge in a world that is increasingly dependent on sensors and wireless communications technology.

This is by no means an exhaustive list, but all these topics contain many food for thought for defense and security actors as well as for all those involved in the development of technologies. It should serve to inspire new ideas for future applications in defense and beyond.

Paul Budde is an Australian freelance columnist and managing director of Paul Budde Consulting, an independent telecommunications research and consultancy organization. You can follow Paul on Twitter @PaulBudde.

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