>>Wars drive the cutting edge of technology. The wealth comes from the commercialization of the new technology. This message courtesy of the commercial version of ARPANET.
But what is war other than a high emergency factor situation? Seen in that light, ANY high emergency situation can become a technology driver. My candidate for the mother of all high emergency situations is that chunk of rock out there with planet Earth in its cross hairs. If humans were smart, they’d put their eyes to the little end of many telescopes and stop the eternal bickering over table scraps. One of those chunks of rock wiped out North America only 10,000 years ago. Google Richard Firestone and the Younger Dryas Event. Smart people abstract principle from repetitive phenomena. Crediting war as the engine of progress is a fascist’s wet dream, but does not describe the principle of progress driving, only it’s chronic and largely destructive iteration. We need to wage war on comets and meteors, not each other.
It's a noble thought, and some people are working on it, however the technology to divert an asteroid away from Earth is the exact same technology needed to steer it directly into Earth to completely annihilate an enemy. That technology is a poor man's Death Star.
By nature humans are highly vain creatures, certain that God made us in his image. The problem with vanity is it's soon followed by envy, and not the good kind, the kind that wants to steal, destroy, rape, kill, and vote Democrat. Vanity and envy are so deeply woven into who we are, they cannot be removed. Warfare made us. We can suppress it somewhat but can't eliminate it. If you want to count yourself among the survivors, never fall for the old socialist disarmament ploy. It's a trap!