The domestic intelligence service for the United Kingdom, MI5, have recently advertised for a chief scientific adviser, which would take on the role similar to that of 'Q' in the James Bond films. Whilst science fiction and well-written novels can take advantage of such a serious role, the Security Service have assured the world that they are "serious in this to match their needs".
The world as we know now have changed dramatically, explained by Oliver Stone who spoke freely on the Russell Brand show late last year:
When this generation looks back when we’re middle-aged, we’ll realise that Bush was bigger than we thought. Love him or hate him, he had a huge impact on the world. You talk about revolution; he was the quintessential conservative revolutionist; the equivalent of Margaret Thatcher in the 1980’s, except he went above and beyond. He started three wars; the war on terror, Afghanistan and Iraq, and nearly started another, in the sense he went against the meaning of the constitution, accumulated executive power to a degree where he became King George IV.
He had torture camps, detention camps, he had rendition, and he put eavesdrops on the American public without the authorisation of Congress, because he had no respect for Congress. 2008 has been, intense, in the fact he has pushed every extremist button and really put us into a whole nightmare which our new friend, Mr. Obama, will have a hard time unravelling.
This, to me, shows why we have a new wave of terrorism at our doorsteps. And MI5 have a tough job keeping ahead of the times and doing their job, collecting and disseminating secretly acquired intelligence for the sake of the preservation of the UK's national security.
This is where the chief scientific advisor role steps in.
Technologies today have shrunk to such a size where the comparison between old and new technology can be absolutely astounding. A picture of one gigabyte twenty years ago compared to one gigabytes today; well, they come in even smaller sizes now, fitting 16GB on one microSD card.
Considering the technology nowadays is so advanced, and the job description only really applies to those with a doctorate in science, professorship and someone who is British by birth (as the nature of security clearance, can only be given to those where the subject lives), there is little chance of a student of any nature getting this position. But, the emerging technology coming out of such work and research will help protect national security for years to come.
As the video suggests, publicly commercial items such as surveillance equipment built into ordinary fabrics and wares, you can almost guarantee that MI5 still have a few tricks up their sleeves yet.