>I've just finished re-reading (for the several-eth time) Barne's
>"Mother of Storms"
>In it there are several topics which relate to Extropianism and
>the Singularity. One in particular that I want to mention at this
>time is the "Personal Defender"
>Said item is a small handgun. It has several interesting
>1. It is factory loaded.....once it's loads have been expended it
>is non reloadable....
>2. Upon being fired it does three things....
>a.it projects an ultra velocity bullet of depleted
>uranium....supossedly "utterly lethal"
>b. it emits a radio frequency message intended to be received by
>c. it indeliably marks it's user via dye and taggats (of some
>sort....the hypothetical "smart" variety I would assume.
>3. It is readily available to anyone....."easily purchased by a
>teenager at a seven-eleven" .......
>This to me seem to have several advantages....all positive over
>the long run...and only minor disadvantages in the short run...
My first comment is that this is a damm fine post. You may wish to
join us at firstname.lastname@example.org for the ones that aren't so
My problem would be in the non-reloadable feature for one, it would
seem that having used it once you would have to replace it or risk
being short rounds if you run into multiple attackers. Or have to
carry multiple launchers.
Unless you're sure you've neutralized all potential attackers, you
might not want to wait around for police would be another.
I'm assuming it would be recycled.
And of course the Anti's would never permit 3.
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