In the aftermath of a national of global firearm event, the obligatory corrective cycle courses through the main media nodes before dispersing to second party sites. The process goes as follows- repeat, react rinse. With the exponential onset of technology and the evolution of the DIY market, the regular appearance of “smart” gun lexicon has infiltrated tech-oriented content and prompts the subsequent battle cry for the latest software and hardware to meld with firearm infrastructure.
Lost in the case of inventing the perfect non-lethal weapon and prompting the idea of utopia is that the most reliable design resounds in simplicity. How can the shear eloquence and reliability of a traditional trigger system be improved upon, without adding the inherent risk for supplemental critical system failures? The notion of over-engineering comes to mind. Rick Smith’s post fights this tried and tested axiom. As with the possibility of self-driving cars somehow overtaking the eons of evolution refining the decision making making ability of humans, Occam’s Razor needs to be applied in the discussion. While the goal of technologists is amiable, reality paints a dichotomous portrait of progress.
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