In China, if you upset the government, you could be burned. Literally.
Researchers in the country have reportedly developed a prototype laser assault rifle of similar dimensions to an AK-47, dubbed the ZKZM-500, according to South China Morning Post.
The difference is that ZKZM-500 can reportedly set a person on fire — by using lasers. From 800 metres (about half a mile) away or less, the rifle can burn through a target’s clothes and skin and, if their clothes are flammable, set them on fire, according to a scientist who spoke to the Post.
The weapon reportedly weighs about 3 kilograms (6.6lbs) with a calibre of 15 millimetres, powered by rechargeable lithium batteries that allow 1,000 zaps at 2 seconds a go.
Despite that information, the weapon has been described as “non-lethal”, according to a document released last month on the Public Service Platform for National Civil-Military Integration, cited by the Post, suggesting that’s because the laser rifle doesn’t have the same consequences as a gun.
ZKZM-500 is reportedly ready for mass production for China’s military and police only, according to the Post, but maker ZKZM Laser hasn’t found a licensed partner yet.
This is just another example of not-so-friendly tech coming out of China’s modern-day dystopia. The government plans tointo new Chinese-market cars to track a vehicle’s location, and has been using , each equipped with a high-definition camera, for surveying its citizens, each of whom it based on behaviour by 2020.
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