Why is it always "the evil drug company?!?!" It's the fucking government that created the patent system. We haven't even seriously tried to come up with something better, and even if we did the government would fuck it up.
Like you would really do something different if you were running that company?
It's not the flux that matters. It's the flux per unit area, ie., irradiance or radiant exitance. As long as the laser's exit optic is large, the power per area is low. But at the focal point, it's a different matter.
Where the stress exists a laser like this is that they are developing this level of flux in a friggin' fiber! That's before it gets to the projecting and directing optics.
"free electron lasers..."
Are you freaking nuts? FELs are big contraptions in particle accelerator labs.
The Navy's gadget is a fiber laser. Ie., a diode pumped fiber. Diode lasers are very efficient these days, and fiber lasers and amplifiers are similar. Fiber lasers don't exist except for being diode pumped. This is the only way to get tens of kW from a package size that will fit on a pallet.
What troubles us about dying?
1. It can be very painful.
2. We will never "wake up" again.
Now consider if these conditions do not apply to the AI. Result? A potentially different conclusion.
It seems nearly impossible for humans to see their own assumptions and projections. This causes a great deal of trouble.
Yes, there is more to an accelerator than energy. There's luminosity, beam current, and oodles of other parameters about bunching, etc. all of which affect the data rate and signal to noise ratio when conducting frontier science experiments such as what the LHC does. So the LHC and giant accelerators won't be going away any time soon.
But small accelerator tech. that can put modest energies at modest luminosities into the hands of researchers with $50-250k budgets and small lab spaces would be a great improvement over having to get in line for precious beam line opportunities at the smaller "user facility" accelerator labs.
Get it down to $10-50k and serious amateur scientists/hobbyists will start having accelerators!
Welcome to the 0.0001%. The ones who try to think of new ideas. We'll be considered ahead of our time. In about 1000 years.
Notice how the refutation always takes this predictable form: "no, things must be the way they've always been (because that's all I've ever known)."
Your confusing goal with marketing strategy.
The goal is to generally expand the state, employ prison guard union members and other minions of the criminal justice system, advance the careers of police and prosecutors, and pimp a quasi-slave labor force.
The populace never disapproves because they love to see people get sent away, as long as it isn't them. That's the marketing strategy, though if the people thought about it in economic terms they'd be pissed.