Published May 8th, 2012 by Future Atlas$347 billion in nuclear missile submarines, I had to wonder about the implications of this little autonomous underwater drone a science expo last week.
The scientist who used it described how it can operate semi-autonomously and carry a variety of sensor packages in its nose.
I was left with a simple question: how many $20,000 underwater drones would it take to hunt down $347 billion worth of submarines? With the capabilities such a drone could have in 20 years, I’m guessing that number is an order of magnitude fewer than the 1.7 million such drones you could buy for only $34.7 billion.
After all, with Moore’s Law in the drones’ corner, a submarine becomes a larger and larger piece of information to hide.