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Offline Maik

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'Smart' rifles
« on: Friday, 24 January, 2014 @ 13:40:53 »
The US military is investing in an advanced firearm that comes equipped with an internal computer system as well as sensors that gauge environmental factors to help a soldier aim, according to a technology startup known as Tracking Point.

Tracking Point has announced that the military has purchased six of its so-called “smart” rifles, which are priced at between $10,000 and $27,000 each.

As with any new product that has its proponents, there are skeptics who assert that the technology has gone too far by eliminating the need for patience and calm in a high-pressure situation.

“It’s the traditional shooting fish in a barrel or the sitting duck,” hunter Chris Wilbratte told NPR. “I mean, there’s no skill in it, right? It’s just you point, you let the weapon system do its thing and you pull the trigger and now you’ve killed a deer. There’s no skill.”

West Point military academy graduate and Vietnam War veteran Chris Frandsen said the Tracking Point gun should be prohibited in the civilian world because a criminal could use it and potentially remain undetected from a faraway distance.

The US Army is considering replacing thousands of soldiers with robots as it deals with sweeping troop cuts.

A senior American officer has said he is considering shrinking the size of the Army’s brigade combat teams by a quarter and replacing the lost troops with robots and remote-controlled vehicles.

The American military is still far from fielding armies of Terminator-type robotic killers though.

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« Reply #1 on: Sunday, 26 January, 2014 @ 13:11:11 »
Wow, a gun that turns a civilian into an experienced sniper with the first shot and no training! I bet the gangsters are queuing round the corner.

How long do you think it will take for some spotty nerd to hack the on board computer?   

Offline TonyKath

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« Reply #2 on: Sunday, 26 January, 2014 @ 23:05:51 »
Nah don't worry.  It'll report back to the NSA and GCHQ - and no doubt Google.