- Jul 3, 2015
Robert, you never told me you wrote Sci Fi. You do know that real sci fi as my grandfather defined it was that there are supposed to be elements of science and if you are predicting something that will actually eventually become a reality, so much the better. Historically, fantasy got mixed up with sci fi....one of my little battles is to get them to get fantasy out of sci Fi. Let it be it's own genre.Well of course at home anal sphincter rejuvenation lasers and cat toys will be exempt, so long as you don't take them apart.
In the not so distant future robotic infantry and robotic civilian enforcement officers will become a reality as will shoulder fired laser weapons, these will almost certainly be seen as " destructive devices " until court battles are won but with the likely caveat that personal laser weapons must be configured in such a way as to deliver only a " single laser shot " per single trigger pull which will be defined and codified into law with restrictions on pulse duration and total jewels of energy per single laser shot per single trigger pull, CW lasers will likely remain non-weapons below a yet to be determined output.
And your laser rifle will be required to emit a loud report with each single laser shot per single trigger pull as well as emitting a digitized RF pulse that your cell phone will make record of as will any cell phone or community placed transceiver that will denote your position on the Earth and time of day, that's if we can win the court battles to even own the dam things, well I expect the lower class will be like BB guns which is where we stand now if you build a portable pulsed YAG or other toy.
The civilian class will be defined by total allowed energy per trigger pull based heavily on less than lethal wounding and everything else will be the restricted class and hunting with laser weapons will be forbidden, or so that's my expectation if we can remain a Free-ish people with any shred of our Bill of Rights intact.
Personal robots will be heavily regulated.
The Hugo Awards are nominated every year at world con, the sci fi conversation. I have never been and I gave absolutely no control over anything they do. Why don't you write some stories. There is a guy, I forget his name, he took my grandfather's Amazing Stories logo and made an a fantastic website where sci fi writers can put their stuff. Why don't you give it a shot. I can't guarantee you will get a Hugo Award but you never know.
Christopher Nolan got one for Inception.