Wired Magazine reports that the research and development arm of the U.S. Department of Defense, DARPA, is creating a “prophetic almanac” that can warn of strange new viral outbreaks and mutations before they’ve even had the chance to evolve into reality.
Focusing on the endless dangers of ever-mutating pathogens, DARPA’s program seeks to develop predictors for the rate, location and likely impact of currently unknown viral agents. And because the goal is to cover every possible outcome, one can only hope that the coming zombie pandemic is on their list of potential threats.
Wired reporter, Katie Drummond, continues:
“From there, scientists will be able to develop appropriate attack strategies in the right geographic locations.”
Drummand goes on to explain that DARPA’s “Prophecy” initiative promises to more accurately anticipate viral mutations and account for their widespread impact, which is good news for zombie survival, right?
Unfortunately, no. We’ve already shown that the government, even with full advance knowledge of an impending disaster, is not prepared to deal with something as catastrophic as the undead. So in the end it will be every-man-for-himself either way. Get ready, and good luck!