It’s probably already too late to stop the inevitable domination of the robot race—because, let’s be real, our iPhones are about iOS update away from becoming self-aware and subjugating all of humankind—but that won’t stop Human Rights Watch from trying. The human rights organization published a report called Mind the Gap on Thursday imploring the United Nations to adopt laws that would prohibit the development of “autonomous killer robots.” “Autonomous” is the key word here, because, as we all well know, killer robots already do exist, and they can fly, too—they’re called drones.
What if anyone could print a gun at home, using a 3-D printer and a standard nail? Last week, a law student in Austin, Texas made headlines when he proved that his design for a 3-D-printed gun could successfully fire. He wasn't the first to share templates for a 3-D-printed gun online, but in the past, experts have argued that a fully-printed gun would shatter in action. Though this one didn't work with a rifle cartridge, it survived a test with a .380 caliber bullet. In theory, it just got a whole lot easier to have an illegal weapon. A plastic weapon, no less, that would be more likely to make it past something like airport security.