I was reading yesterday that a group of scientists are busy working on the next generation of aerial drones,
designing them to look and behave like pterodactyls, the flying dinosaur that's been extinct for over 200 years. You'll remember of course that unmanned drones have been used with increasing frequency by the US military over the last decade, and as with anything that is new and can kill people, have featured in pretty much every action movie made within the past year. (Sort of like Steven Seagal in the 90's.) Supposedly by adapting some of the flight characteristics of pterodactyls, these crazy dreamers hope to create a UAV capable of folding its wings so it can fly around or near buildings. Definitely handy characteristics for oh, let's say, Batman
, but for something remote controlled, that sounds like a good way to get your 20 million dollar aircraft shot down by someone's drying laundry.
Nevertheless, I find this idea of using dinosaurs as an inspiration for the military really exciting, because I'm pretty sure that the further we go down this road the sooner we'll get to Voltron. That's awesome. Let's see how America's enemies handle a lion-shaped, fist-shaped hole in their chests.
And along those lines, as the Department of Defense is apparently open for ideas, and as we're also kicking around things I thought were awesome in the 80's....