- May 7, 2004
Years ago the New Yorker magazine published a parody of something called the KL1000 that did everything you could think of, just like the "radio that fits everyone's needs" we're talking about here.
Here's a reference to a short abstract of the article:
Fiction: An Exclusive Offer to Readers of This Publication : The New Yorker
The abstract contained in the reference I posted has the essence of the article, but the original was about six times longer and went on and on about all the ridiculous and unbelievable things the KL1000 (whatever it was) could accomplish.
"Subscribers can read this article in our online archive. (Others can pay for access.)"
LOL. That's exactly where public safety fails. Miserably. Most agencies are scrapping just for operations. They can't pay their full complement staffing, let alone scientists. Very few, except for maybe the highest profile agencies do R&D. There is NIJ and NLECTC, but program administration is usually farmed out to Beltway bandits and extremely narrow in scope. And there is manufacturer-biased research. There doesn't seem to be a Daniel Kahneman-esque investigator who explores the limits of human brain processing ability, given the technological innovation we are likely to face in the next decade.When this information would become overload, is up to the researchers to figure out.