If we can register the gun before it’s actually fired, we can regain some control.
By Michael Byrne | MOTHERBOARD
The handgun is a ballistic extension of the hand itself. It’s remarkable for confining vast destruction to a small, subtle instrument. It can be wielded casually, and, until the trigger is pulled, nigh invisibly. A semi-automatic pistol, once awoken, will fire as fast as the shooter can twitch their finger. The relation between package and power offered by a handgun feels almost nuclear.
A team of computer scientists based at the University of Granada in Spain thinks that we can help neutralize the threat of handguns through early detection. If we can register the gun before it’s actually fired, we can regain some control. To this end, they’ve developed a machine learning program that can reliably detect handguns based on visual recognition and classification. It’s capable of catching guns from even low-quality YouTube footage in just under a quarter second.