Saturday, June 10, 2006

"Smart Dust?" Are You Kidding?

Sometimes I feel I'm the only person in Washington, D.C., without a security clearance. Perhaps someone who has one - or who has served in Iraq - can tell me if this is an elaborate April Fool's Day joke: smart dust?

I suppose that's mostly a rhetorical question, as there are numerous sites for it on the Internet. It looks like the guys at Cal are working on it (In Your FACE, Stanford!).

A quick perusal of the source material suggests that it's some wild kind of... nanotechnology. And you know what that means! "Blah, blah, blah... nanotechnology, blah, blah, blah Army of Davids, blah, blah, blah... buy my book."

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Anonymous said...

Dude, that mess I left in the guest room last time I was there..... smart dust.... you didn't even know.

Unknown said...

Props to you for pointing out the obvious.

You know, it's even easier for us to link to his book now, because he bought a domain especially for it:

That said, it is pretty cool that Iraqis think Americans' abilities are so far over the top of what we actually can do that we keep the rumors going just to make them fear us.

I heard one example on Fox News where wire cages on tanks that were made for making RPGs explode before they got too close to the tanks were thought by insurgents to create magnetic fields. They then put a whole bunch of electric tape around their rockets, making them much, much less accurate. :-D