May 23rd, 2003 | Published in Uncategorized
Once upon a time, I came up with an idea to stop criminal assaults like rape and mugging. Simple: we’d create life-like androids packed with explosive charges (and maybe ball bearings… but a good party conversation pointed out the undesirability of collateral damage in a sidewalk scenario), wired to detonate on contact of longer than a few seconds.
We’d make them look like attractive young women, little old ladies with big purses, and mimes. We’d turn them loose on the streets in sufficient quantity that a few weeks’ worth of deployment would generate lots of headlines. Then we’d reduce the ratio to maybe in in 1000 people… enough to allow for the occasional object lesson.
People were quick to point out problems with the idea: the aforementioned collateral damage, the danger of an errant boyscout trying to give CPR to a toppled old lady model, SkyNet taking them over, etc. etc. What the idea lacked was the ability to pull the trigger with deliberation. Now, with the shock jacket, that problem’s solved: living, breathing human beings become the boobie trap. (Make sure to check out the videos, too.)