Words of Advice:

"Never Feel Sorry For Anyone Who Owns an Airplane."-- Tina Marie

If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It.
" -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot,
by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse.
" -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Terminator Mk. 1

“Lethal autonomy is inevitable,” said Ronald C. Arkin, the author of “Governing Lethal Behavior in Autonomous Robots,” a study that was funded by the Army Research Office.

Arkin believes it is possible to build ethical military drones and robots, capable of using deadly force while programmed to adhere to international humanitarian law and the rules of engagement. He said software can be created that would lead machines to return fire with proportionality, minimize collateral damage, recognize surrender, and, in the case of uncertainty, maneuver to reassess or wait for a human assessment.
And if the software has a bug in it and the machine kills when it was not supposed to, would they then charge the software engineers with negligent homicide?

This country has become a lot more desensitized to war, because combat is now something that only impacts a small percentage of the population. I submit that if we still had an army where a good percentage of the combat soldiers were draftees, that there would be more political ramifications to going to war and our governing classes would not do it so casually.

Moving towards a day when autonomous robots, robotic mercenaries if you will, do the fighting will make war even more likely. We are becoming a nation of chickenhawks.

Those who think that this is a good idea need to have their heads examined.


bmq215 said...

Is it a good idea? No. It is, however, inevitable. When was the last time humanity turned down an easier way to kill people? Time to start brainstorming a better EMP...

Nangleator said...

In moments of clarity I've seen that future.

Assuming continuous scientific advancement, and assuming we can create artificial intelligence, I don't see any way to avoid us being so blind and privileged and obnoxious that we don't spark our servants into erasing us.

wolfbitch said...

To say nothing of the active community of international hackers that would LOVE a chance to crack these autonomous computerized instruments of death.

sofa said...

I thought the SWAT team that took out Jose Guerena was "Terminator MK407".

Unthinking lunks who automatically kill. What could possibly go wrong?

Spud said...

Does the Terminator movie series have relevance here ?

Here, here ! Bring back the draft !!!