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[Physorg]Self-guided bullet prototype can hit target a mile away

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Sandia researchers Red Jones and Brian Kast and their colleagues have invented a dart-like, self-guided bullet for small-caliber, smooth-bore firearms that could hit laser-designated targets at distances of more than a mile (about 2,000 meters).

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Not quite as scary as tiny insect-like drones that can fly into your ear and blow up, but pretty close. I had mentioned on a wargaming/history forum a few years back that self guided munitions were inevitable and got laughed at, when the technology was obviously around already for this sort of thing.

Edit to add: InB4 "iBullet" jokes.....
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Makes me think of the CSI Miami I saw the other day about self guided bullets.
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The next step would be to individually program each bullet with its own target. Can you imagine a mini- gun roaring away and each and every bullet hitting a different target precisely? The science of killing people is moving into a completely new arena.
    
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The next step would be to individually program each bullet with its own target. Can you imagine a mini- gun roaring away and each and every bullet hitting a different target precisely? The science of killing people is moving into a completely new arena.

In a sense, it's similar to the needler in Halo.
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Tin foil hats would bounce a laser beam wouldn't they?

Paranoia +1
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better this then to invest in weapons that increase collateral damage.
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cheat mode activated! tongue.gif
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the goverment would collect DNA from ever baby born and insert it into one of the bullets-so they could kill whomever whenever.


-dimwit-
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the distance is realy unimpressive... the idea is fascinating, but they have to be ungodly expensive, and we already have rifles accurate up to well over 1.5 miles

EDIT: ill wait for improvements smile.gif
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Tin foil hats would bounce a laser beam wouldn't they?
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the goverment would collect DNA from ever baby born and insert it into one of the bullets-so they could kill whomever whenever.
-dimwit-

Yes indeed. In case you are not aware of this (not sure if you were being facetious or not) if you have been born in the "Western" world in the last 40 years they already have your dna in a database. I don't know of a way to actually home in on "dna" from a distance, but they certainly could aim something like this at a device with a locator signal, like the phone in your pocket.
    
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