The Seed Media Group has initiated a new feature called Ask A ScienceBlogger. This feature will have its own home on the new Sb homepage next month, but until then, it is being launched as a blog carnival style thing, hosted on Stochastic. The rules; every Friday, Seed asks a question and they will link to our responses on the following Wednesday. Our responses are limited to 300 words or less. Of course, reader questions are welcomed (feel free to send them to the mothership). Additionally, I am very interested in reader answers to this same question, so feel free to add your comments.
Question: If you could cause one invention from the last hundred years never to have been made at all, which would it be, and why?
I agree with my blog sibling, John; landmines. Landmines are weapons that are made for one purpose and one purpose only: to kill and main people in the most gruesome manner imaginable. Worse, most of the people who are killed or maimed by these technological abominations are the innocents; civilians, particularly farmers and children. It appalls me to know that the United States still has not signed the International Ottawa Convention for banning landmine use, contrary to the expressed wishes of the vast majority of American* citizens. Gee, aren’t our so-called “smart weapons” smart enough?
* the landmine question is on p. 38 on that first document.
Update: car alarms are my first choice for those obnoxious inventions that affect my personal life on a daily and invasive basis that I wish had never been invented.