Miniaturisation and high degrees of artificial intelligence
provide opportunities for technology which can automate,
and improve, the control of environmental threats.
Here a nest of 'super bugs' is being attacked and destroyed
by miniature helicopters, working in large groups, using
advanced laser technology.
Such surgical strikes allow quick and efficient eradication of
potential environmental threats without the widespread
damage caused by some other systems.
Next in The Silent Earth
Image Copyright Kingfisher Publications
Illustration by Julian Baum