| Non-lethal weapon |
|Non-lethal weapons are a more attractive option for dictatorships keen to hide their murderous nature. The most active researcher seems to be the US Pentagon.|
A non-lethal weapon is a weapon that is not intended to kill. Instead, they are typically designed to subdue and suppress. For example, against civilian protesters. Multiple emerging technologies exist. The best known examples are probably plastic bullets and tasers.
General W. Motague Winfield chaired the Pentagon's taskforce on non-lethal weapons. The Pentagon is intersted in modelling and understanding the use of pain on humans, and is set up the human effects review board to study the impact of non-lethal weapons.