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Watch Google fire a gun -- kinda

"OK, Google, start a conversation about autonomous weapons."

No, this isn't Google Assistant's latest feature. It's a hack, and a cheap one at that. An off-the-shelf CO2-powered pellet gun, a Google Home smart speaker and a TP-Link smart outlet that sends electricity to a solenoid that actually pulls the trigger.

But put it all together, and you've got a conversation-starting piece of art. A glimpse into a future, maybe, where autonomous weapons could theoretically mow people down. Artist Alexander Reben told Engadget that he didn't need to use a Google Home -- it could have as easily been an Amazon Echo or any other such device. 

The video comes at a particularly interesting time for Google, though, which is reportedly considering guidelines that would keep the company from working on autonomous weaponry, after thousands of employees signed a petition against the company's work on Project Maven and nearly a dozen reportedly quit in protest

Google didn't immediately reply to a request for comment.