BROOKLYN, N.Y. -(Ammoland.com)- Today, Motherboard, VICE’s technology and culture site, is excited to debut A Smarter Gun, a brand-new documentary examining the small movement that seeks to change the very technology at the heart of guns.
Hosted by Motherboard Features Editor Brian Anderson, the documentary features interviews with the players behind this movement to create user-authenticated firearms — so-called smart guns — that only fire in the hands of approved users.
Speaking with advocates and critics of the technology, A Smarter Gun asks the question of why, in an age when everything from refrigerators to cars is computerized, this potential solution to firearm violence has been stymied at every turn.
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Over the course of two years of filming, Motherboard toured the ATF’s massive gun vault and test range in West Virginia, where Anderson went in search of the elusive smart gun. Motherboard’s journey also takes them to the fringe — a garage in Washington State — for an exclusive look at the first ever test fire of an implant-activated gun, and then to bucolic upstate New York to spend time with a grieving mother whose 11-year-old son was accidentally shot by a friend in 2010.
Seven years on, she’s determined to put a dent in the approximately 33,000 people fatally shot in the United States every year and sees smart guns as a potential solution.
A Smarter Gun is the never-before-seen look at who killed the smart gun and whether or not there is a place for user-authenticated firearm tech to scale in the future.
It’s a story about human nature, public safety, the inertia of time-tested mechanical gadgetry, the will to innovate, and the political, technological, and societal forces that shape our singular national gun problem.
Motherboard is an online magazine and video channel from VICE that explores the intersection of culture and technology. Through short and long-form documentaries, photography, editorial and community participation, Motherboard provides a refreshing voice in the tech media landscape, filling the gap between more sterile gadget review sites, and industry news. Whether it’s gaming, art, sports, or food, Motherboard is there telling the story of technology’s role.