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TrackingPoint Rifle: A Gun With Agency?

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When I came across the story of the TrackingPoint rifle on NPR, A New Smart Rifle Decides When To Shoot And Rarely Misses, I was really looking forward to untangling the moral implications of a gun that fires when it wants. Based on the headline, I thought that the rifle had an auto-lock-and-fire functionality along the lines of a camera that wont shoot until all variables are within optimal levels. Or a military drone making surgical strikes.

If this was true, the technology would be a huge leap in the direction of seceding personal moral authority to a potentially deadly machine and I was totally jazzed and anxious about what this might mean for the future of guns and gun control and the concept of objects-with-agency.

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