20 September 2007

Measure of a Man--How Much Can You Take?

Remember the gom jabbar from Dune? The box of pain and fear that only "true humans" can withstand? Here is a real life gom jabbar that may be more than you can stand.
A square transmitter as big as a plasma TV screen is mounted on the back of a Jeep.

When turned on, it emits an invisible, focused beam of radiation - similar to the microwaves in a domestic cooker - that are tuned to a precise frequency to stimulate human nerve endings.

It can throw a wave of agony nearly half a mile.

Because the beam penetrates skin only to a depth of 1/64th of an inch, it cannot, says Raytheon, cause visible, permanent injury.

But anyone in the beam's path will feel, over their entire body, the agonising sensation I've just felt on my fingertip. The prospect doesn't bear thinking about.

"I have been in front of the full-sized system and, believe me, you just run. You don't have time to think about it - you just run," says George Svitak, a Raytheon executive.

...In tests, even the most hardened Marines flee after a few seconds of exposure. It just isn't possible to tough it out.

This machine has the ability to inflict limitless, unbearable pain.
...Silent Guardian and the Taser are just the first in a new wave of "non-lethal" weaponry being developed, mostly in the U.S.

Imagine such a device that was powerful enough to broadcast a pain signal from a satellite in low earth orbit. Would it be used for "ethnic cleansing?" Border control? Or just a new way to conduct old-fashioned warfare? Yes, I know the device is a natural instrument of torture as it is. Humans do bad things to each other. Have you ever read the story of Magellan's voyage to the Spice Islands . . . ?

Hat tip Blogging the Singularity


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Blogger Hell_Is_Like_Newark said...

I wish I could mount one of those outside my house. When drug addled street urchins wake me up in the middle of the night with their mad ranting, I can drive them away.

Yes.. I live in a crappy area, but my wife doesn't have a 4 hour daily commute and all the stores are within walking distance

Friday, 21 September, 2007  
Blogger al fin said...

I understand the tradeoffs. Personal security technology is bound to get better.

Law enforcement, the military, and the feds want to keep all these toys to themselves, but I suspect the technology can be hacked without difficulty to speak of.

Saturday, 22 September, 2007  
Blogger ANONYMOUS said...

What about a hardened marine on a little morphine and some amphetamine?

Friday, 27 June, 2008  
Blogger ANONYMOUS said...

oh and by the way, the technology is easily defeated by... drumroll please... ALUMINUM FOIL.

Of course, I wouldn't want to be wrapped in aluminum foil in the Baghdad summer! Just saying that this technology isn't going to save anyones life in a north american winter riot...

Friday, 27 June, 2008  

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