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Bond’s Biometric Gun: Dumb, Dangerous, and Plausible

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Bond’s Biometric Gun: Dumb, Dangerous, and Plausible

Bond, James Bond.

Unless you are Bond, James Bond, the biometric Walther PPK/S carried by 007 in ‘Skyfall’ won’t work for you.

Zany gizmos are Bond movie trademarks. However, according to Dave Guston and Ed Finn of Slate.com, the technology to biometrically personalize all firearms — as in ‘Skyfall’ — “is technically plausible” now.

Guston and Finn say it would be relatively simple to install biometric palm scanners on firearms to lock out unauthorized users. The only thing restraining the inexorable advance of such invasive and potentially exploitative technologies is “politics,” they lament.

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