"Tokyo homeless people reiterate the whole nature of living in Tokyo in cardboard boxes, they're only slightly smaller than Tokyo apartments, and they have almost as many consumer goods. It's a nightmare of boxes within boxes."
Considering the fact that lasers had not yet been invented, this seems like a pretty good description of what a military-grade laser cannon might look like in 2010.
If you are interested in exotic weapon technologies, consider taking a look at the fictional neutron disruption blaster or the real-life Active Denial Technology Directed Energy Weapon.
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