File1261992934.jpg-(275 KB, 640x512, 1201912224186.jpg)
ah, I see what you mean. You are, in essence, referring to the technological singularity, which is believe me an area I've given no small amount of consideration to. Nutpoia takes place in a world where some very specific things happened that shaped the way technology advanced. Corporate takeover of many things was the major defining factor, innovation was driven by profit rather than for its own sake, so some thing prospered while others fell by the wayside. Another critical component is that true strong AI proved to be much more difficult to create, no one's quite sure if it ever has been, if any corporation managed it they kept the product under wraps and took the secret to their graves.
In terms of weaponry, however, let me say this. Energy weapons are something we really do not have any kind of a handle on. Microwave weapons are easily defeated by putting some dense mass in the way, so good luck deploying those riot emitters (which are also ten feet wide I might note) against power armored troops. Chemical lasers to benefit a great deal from some of the attendant advances in a nanotech evolution, but they can also be dicked over by the same. A laser with a variable lense allowing for effective atmospheric use is still a power whore, and is rendered not but pretty light by simple reflective nanochaff. And firing a huge rad cleanser might certainly be an effective way of killing folk, but it also has several less savory side effects that greatly limit its usage. As such the most effective way of killing someone will remain, for a time at least, taking a hard thing and making it fly into him really fast.
As for fun shit like bosons and string theory, well, let me be honest, they make my head hurt, so while corporations likely did research into the subject, it'll remain under wraps and largely out of the picture until someone comes along and educates me on the subject.