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Monday, March 07, 2005

No one withstands The Machine...

Ryan from Dead Parrot Society has this interesting The post about a new machine the US military is researching to cause pain in a non-lethal manner:

The US military is funding development of a weapon that delivers a bout of excruciating pain from up to 2 kilometres away. Intended for use against rioters, it is meant to leave victims unharmed. But pain researchers are furious that work aimed at controlling pain has been used to develop a weapon. And they fear that the technology will be used for torture.
Like Ryan, I am conflicted about the use of this technology (not the development, if something is possible it will be built and we should remain on the cutting edge.) The fact that it is non-lethal might lead it to be utilized when lesser methods would do the job better. On the other hand, I can see a lot of uses for technology such as this. As for it's possible uses in torture, I don't believe this technology would have any effect on our current laws as we outlaw numerous things that are less pain causing and non-lethal already. However, it does remind me of a certain movie...


Blogger GaijinBiker said...

Princess Bride, right?

But Count Rugan's machine in that one was kind of a rip-off of the Skeskis's life-sucker in "The Dark Crystal" (which was again even more blatantly copied in "Monsters, Inc.")

Going way back (and way down in terms of quality), there was also the painful-sound-emitting machine in "Battle Beyond the Stars".

OK, that's enough geekiness for one comment.

3/07/2005 05:58:00 PM  
Blogger Dave Justus said...

I believe The Machine was in the original novel written in 1974, so if it was a rip-off, it wasn't a 'Dark Crystal' rip-off.

Although the number of life draining/pain causing machines is quite high...

Still, the Princess Bride machine has the best line about it.

3/07/2005 06:45:00 PM  
Blogger Cubicle said...

yea that is kinda the whole arguement against tasers.

And just because it is non-leathal in most cases does not mean it is non-leathal in all cases.

In personal defense and under the law you have a force continuum, certian actions are justified.

For example, if you are in fea of you life, it is acceptatle to kill the person who is trying to kill you. Of course, if they just cuss at you, you cannot kill they, but you can probably get away with pepper spray if you are an old lady.

As long as changes are made in the force continuum and new clear guidelines are established i do not have a problem with the new toys.

I know the memphis police department actually has to have a taser used on them before then are allowed to carry them, i think that would be a good qualifaction for anyone running these less than leatal stun beans

3/08/2005 09:09:00 AM  
Blogger GaijinBiker said...

Ah, you got me there. I forgot it was based on a book!

3/09/2005 09:13:00 AM  

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