Utah Police Uses New Technology to Trace Ballistic Evidence
A recently solved case of drive-by shooting in South Salt Lake City highlights the effectiveness of the center that provides investigators with technology-based improved ballistics testing.
Using the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network a stolen handgun was traced to Rory Curtis Cordova, a 50-year old Ogden Trece gang member. Rory Curtis Cordova is facing federal firearms charges which could result in at least 10 years behind bars.
Federal and local enforcement leaders stated that the arrest is a great example of the role that the ballistics network and the Crime Gun Intelligence Center have in piecing together similar violent crimes.
The new technology allows the police to match shell casing to the guns used in a shooting. Utah law enforcers have 12,000 casings in their system which resulted in 56 hits in a total of 75 cases. From 56 cases, 15 shootings were linked to serial shooters.
Utah U.S. Attorney John Huber said: “We have successfully deployed the technology that should leave gang members and thugs shaking in their boots.”
He also added that the police wouldn’t be able to solve the case without the ballistic information network.
Regina Lombardo, associate deputy director of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives said:
“We look at it as going after the trigger-pullers who are causing the crimes in the community, and the traffickers, those traffickers who are getting hold of the firearms and causing the crimes.”
Genevieve Bell: How We See Technology in the Next 50 Years?
Most people are excited about the potential of technology for the future, however, about 40% of people believe that technology will introduce as many problems as solutions.
Genevieve Bell, a senior fellow at Intel and vice president, oversaw the recent study and examined the vision of technology provided by mainstream respondents and those who are at the forefront of technology development. Genevieve Bell examined the human experience in the light of all hopes and concerns people have when it comes to the development of technology.
Many believe that the technology will have a great impact in the area of environmental issues and biomedical and medical breakthroughs. From the other side, people are still concerned when it comes to their data, privacy, and security online. People are usually interested in new devices while technology giants are more interested in the data they can collect from those devices.
Also, often times people feel they are getting obsessed with technology and they can’t imagine their lives without technology. Often times people will say: “I love my mobile phone, I want it with me all the time, but I’m also concerned that I’m overly dependent on it.”
Genevieve Bell said: “Technology is always and already a promise about the future. But you can’t help but make those promises through the lens of today. We once talked about science fiction and the notion that science fiction tells you as much about the present as it tells you about the future. That’s always true. What people think about the future of technology tells you as much about their current lived experience as their new ones… A bunch of people still think there will be smartphones and computers, but they also know it’s going to be smart home technology.”
Read the full interview HERE.
Bendable Phone Technology
You might wonder, why do we need bendable phones. Well, for many years countless sci-fi movies and TV shows have predicted the bendable shape of screens and phones.
Currently, we are still living in the era of flat-screens, but technology providing bendable and flexible displays is developing fast. If you have an iPhone X or Samsung Edge smartphone, you are already using flexible displays.
The most dramatic manifestation of the bendable phone technology has been created by the Chinese company called Royole. The company created the super bendable and flexible smartphone.
Paul Cain, strategy director at flexible-electronics firm FlexEnable said:
“As I travel about, I see all kinds of surfaces around me and imagine them as screens. It’s an occupational hazard. We’re all so used to having glass screens in our lives that we assume that’s just how it is – but our work is about bringing everyday surfaces to life. It’s a huge aesthetic opportunity.”
It remains to be seen if these phones are going to become popular.