Information on the I-Bomb
The rapidly approaching ubiquity of technology and its inevitable but rarely discussed terroristic use demand for immediate exploration and development of technology disruption devices. In the ensuing world dominated by technology and information, the true culmination of power will rest not with the institution controlling the information but the organization, group, or individual capable of disabling, altering, or destroying the underlying support structure of information: electricity, telecommunications, and computers.
The efficient execution of an Information War (I-War) campaign against a modern industrial or post-industrial opponent will require the use of specialized tools designed to destroy information systems. Electro-magnetic Information Bombs or I-Bombs built for this purpose can provide a very effective tool for conducting an information warfare campaign.
EIU has researched and constructed a fully functional I-Bomb that is the first stage in the evolution of future information warfare devices. This device was shown and operated repeatedly during the course of New Fangle in San Francisco in an abandoned warehouse at 19th and Harrison Streets.
This device is only one of several such I-Bombs. The system allows for the disruption and/or disabling of electronic devices and systems within a limited range and without physical contact. It will also corrupt and/or erase any magnetic storage medium such as floppy disks, credit cards, etc. The result is the creation of a physical space guaranteed to be devoid of technology, a Technology Free Zone (TFZ).
These spaces are unique in that they allow direct human-human interaction to flourish while disabling or destroying any and every technological element and/or device within the zone. The ensuing result is the forceful removal of all technology from a pre-defined space. Individuals that choose to enter or cross into this region are forced to acknowledge all personally carried or worn technology and remove such devices. Failure to do so will result in the automatic disabling of the surreptitiously concealed equipment. TFZ systems are very selective. They do not affect organic or non-technological systems and are therefore safe for most humans. A TFZ abhors and strikes directly back at any technology within its range, leaving humans unaffected. Of course the irony is that these zones are themselves actually monitored by sophisticated mechanical and electrical systems that ensure a constant and continued state, devoid of technology.
This device is a true information warfare machine and as such almost all commercial electronics devices within its range (about 1-2 meters with current low power settings) that lack protection against electro-magnetic pulse disturbances will be completely vulnerable to electronic disruption and/or destruction. Several devices and technological artifacts will be used for demonstration purposes. Attendees to New Fangle are also invited to interact with the device by placing any unwanted technology into the TFZ.
Let the warfare begin...