Monday, October 22, 2018

"The Emphasis Is on Targeting Villains, Not Protecting the Innocent"

"A Bullet with Your Name on It."
By David Hall (?-?).
Illustration by JACEY.
First appearance: Nature/Futures, 6 September 2007.
Short short short story (1 page).
Online at (HERE; PDF).

     "As you may have guessed, my name is now on a little list."

What happens when smart guns get smarter than people?

- What little we know about our author is on the ISFDb (HERE)

- At first glance smart guns (Wikipedia, HERE) seem like a good idea (see "Potential advan-tages"), but like all diligent science fiction writers David Hall has anticipated possible negative societal impacts (see "Potential disadvantages") of a new and untried technology. For more detailed information, see the National Institute of Justice Research Report: A Review of Gun Safety Technologies (2013, HERE; PDF; slow load).


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