There’s been much oohing and ahhing over recently-released footage of what purports to be a US Navy laser destroying–eventually–an unmanned boat. This technological innovation is welcome news for those individuals who have long sought a career in supervillainy, but lacked a doomsday weapon powerful enough to threaten the world itself. Such enthusiasm may be premature.
Moreover, as with so many doomsday weapons, the MegaLaser has some inherent drawbacks. Because a laser is highly-concentrated light, for example, if America’s enemies were somehow able to invent a technology which could redirect the beam, the lethal might of this ultimate weapon could easily be turned back upon its masters.