[extropy-chat] Rapid prototyping makes police state more likely

Eugen Leitl eugen at leitl.org
Mon Sep 25 14:57:10 UTC 2006

On Mon, Sep 25, 2006 at 07:00:22AM -0700, spike wrote:

> Humanity is facing an entirely new threat with the rapid prototyping.

I don't see how. Ability to build weapons hinges on availability 
of knowledge. I might be able to fab a rocket (but propellant and
explosive is still not an unregulated commodity), but this doesn't mean
I can write the guidance software.

As to improvising UAVs from off-shelf components (remote compressed
video and control via 3G is the last part of the puzzle that fell in
place recently), we could do that a decade or two ago. Nobody killed
one with an improvised UAV yet. In contrast to that Predator/Hellfire
combo has been quite popular with the blackbag job crowd lately.

While some very few hobbyists can produce quite advanced designs,
statistically they're overwhelmingly improbable to overlap with

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