"I'm a farm boy. It's very interesting; you can detect self-starting characteristics in this society and they are strongest among people who have had some kind of rural upbringing and a very impressionable stage."
In this short story, there are sensors that will detect the presence of living beings. And as is always the case in the history of warfare, there is also a counter-weapon.
In the real world, there are various ways to detect the presence of living beings (most of them don't differentiate that well between animals and people). For example, there are sensors that will detect the presence of carbon dioxide, which we all give off when breathing. And there are infrared sensors, which detect our body heat.
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