Historically a holiday intended to remind French nationals of their unity and power in the French Revolution, Bastille Day celebrations this week in Paris also contained displays of exciting, futuristic spectacles in creative French military safeguards against terrorism.
As imagining futuristic wars is no longer merely the province of fantasists and playful children, a small unit of science fiction writers now dubbed the "Red Team" has been officially employed by the French army to imagine possible guerilla attacks in the future and to likewise brainstorm ways to combat those as-yet-unseen assaults.
In an attempt to lead military innovation and conduct preventive maintenance in protecting its citizens from lurking threats in technological warfare, the Red Team will utilize role-playing activities and other predictive techniques to try for a 4D view of how terrorists of the future may think and act.
As Paris has been the nexus point for terrorist devastation on more than one occasion, it should come as no surprise that the French army is currently attempting to lead the world in defense innovation.
Among the highlights of the gadgets and gizmos on display included the debut of one inventor Franky Zapata's ultra-cool flyboard. Jet-powered and reminiscent of the hoverboards everybody wanted from Back to the Future, this impressive device stunned an admiring tweet out of French President Emmanuel Macron, and lent a glimpse into the pioneering avenues the Red Team will be employing.
Demonstrations of a new rifle-style anti-drone gun called the Nerod F5 accompanied the awe inspired by Zapata's flyboard. Working via microwave jamming to disrupt communications between drones and their pilots, these visionary weapons could be the next wave in anti-spyware defense.
With reports of current tests underway that will allow robots to aid French troops in Mali, it would appear that the fiction is soon to be redefined in our collective notions of "science fiction" and that France may play a key role in revolutionizing military advancements in technology.
Watch the Nerod F5 in action above.