Re: Bomb Incubators

Robert S. Thau (
Fri, 3 Dec 1999 13:47:26 -0500 (EST)

Kragen Sitaker writes:
> I'm a little nervous about the idea of guns automatically firing at
> things a computer program thinks are snipers. I recall an incident in
> my teens when I accidentally launched a small piece of copper wire a
> bit above Mach 1 with a tether. (I heard the sonic boom -- or sonic
> snap, in this case. Then I noticed my arm was bleeding.) I hope no
> Somalian teens are playing with the same kind of stuff.

If there are, I don't think playing that sort of game around a human
infantryman would be advisable either; the soldier may not be much
more discriminating than the machinery when it comes to targeting
stuff that goes boom. Maybe less.