“The art of telautomatics, or wireless control of automatic machines at a distance, will play a very important part in future wars and, possibly, in the next phases of the present one. Such contrivances which act as if endowed with intelligence will be used in innumerable ways for attack as well as defense.
They may take the shape of aeroplanes, balloons, automobiles, surface or underwater boats, or any other form according to the requirement in each special case, and will be of greater range and destructiveness than the implements now employed. I believe that the telautomatic aerial torpedo will make the large siege gun, on which so much dependence is placed at present, obsolete.”
May, 1960 advertisement in Scientific American for Aqualin, a new underwater herbicide produced by Shell. Aqualin, now discontinued, was 92% Acrolein, used as a chemical weapon during World War I and banned since 1992 via a United Nations arms control agreement.