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Fears grow about use of 3D printing for mass murder

Posted On: 21 Oct 2019   |   Posted By: TechRadar

Fears grow about use of 3D printing for mass murder

3D printing could potentially help spread weapons of mass destruction - like sarin gas - along with other cutting-edge tech such as AI, showing once again that technological progress can be a double-edged sword. As highlighted in a report from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, these sort of tech innovations can work in favor of ‘rogue' states attempting to acquire chemical or nuclear weapon capabilities via stealthy routes, potentially bypassing any of the traditional watchdog systems designed to defend against such states putting together their own weapons of mass destruction.
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Robert Shaw, one of the co-authors of the multi-institutional report which was also recently highlighted in Scientific American , warns that advances in technology like 3D printing are outstripping the ability of authorities to control them. Shaw notes that “the capacity of governments to apply anything more than...

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