This audio slideshow puts perspective on the unpredictable impacts of simple technology created by amateurs on human history.

The assault rifle AK-47 created by the self taught tinkerer Mikhail Kalashnikov was not only an iconic weapon, but also a popular one. The Small Arms Survey, an independent research centre in Switzerland, estimates that, since the 1940s, between 75 to 100 million AK-47s and close derivatives have been produced — a number that does not include other weapons in the AK family series — making it one of the most prevalent firearms ever created.

This piece was originally published on SciDev.Net, here:

And an editorial tackling the same issue:

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