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Lasers!

July 19, 2010

How awesome is this? Seriously, watch the video on the page. A laser mounted on a boat shooting down an aerial drone about two miles away. It then blows up and falls into the sea. Isn’t that cool?

Look, I know this may be a couple years in the future, but I really want a laser gun. One I can hold and shoot like a real gun. Think Star Wars (the movie, or the program, whatever) but real. Wouldn’t that be cool? I want to shoot laser holes in stuff. And once the laser gun is developed, guess what comes next – that’s right, the light saber. All they need to do is limit the distance that the laser protrudes from the initial place and make the light saber hard so when a light saber hits another light saber it stops.

The reason I’m saying this is that with this kind of technology manageable, non-clunky laser weapons systems are going to be coming out in the next three or four decades. The NRA needs to get on this now. I want a civilian laser, I don’t need some liberal idiot dissecting the 2nd amendment and spitting it back out in a way that says that the founding fathers envisioned the existence of lasers and expressly forbid them based on the wording in the Bill of Rights. So, NRA, forget about what you’re doing now. Handguns are great, but lasers are better. Focus everything on lasers. Look to the future; I know I am.

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  1. Aptronym permalink
    July 19, 2010 7:07 pm

    “And once the laser gun is developed, guess what comes next – that’s right, the light saber. All they need to do is limit the distance that the laser protrudes from the initial place and make the light saber hard so when a light saber hits another light saber it stops.”

    It’s light. (Well, electromagnetic radiation.) I’m not sure it works that way. Granted, owning a lightsaber would be cool, but I don’t think lasers would be the way to produce them. (Maybe, just maybe, if there were a metal backbone and tip to keep the laser beam concentrated within the “blade”; melting/cutting would be achieved by bringing something within the boundaries of the contained beam and thus frying it, but this seems inefficient and very, very dangerous.) Furthermore, I think we’re a long way off from being able to miniaturize the technology needed to generate said lasers, let alone the power required. Even if those steps are taken, a laser would need to be able to burn a hole within probably milliseconds in order to be an effective tool in man-to-man combat, with even greater power needed to be used as a humane hunting implement (discounting armor that might make a person more resistant to a laser).

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