Alex Jones Was Right.
Jones has been talking about the killer robots coming to patrol the streets of America for years.
Weak and Pathetic Human. Prepare to Die!
He says that the authorities want the machines to deploy as soldiers and police because they don’t ask questions and get all squeamish about just shooting people in cold blood like stupid wimpy human cops do sometimes.
It sounded possible, likely even, but in some distant future when I will either be pushing up daisies or so close to it that I wouldn’t have any reason to care.
Hold the phone.
The respected mainstream science journal Nature says I’m not going to have to wait until I’m being pushed around in my wheelchair at the old folks home wearing Depends underwear
The artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics communities face an important ethical decision: whether to support or oppose the development of lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS).
Technologies have reached a point at which the deployment of such systems is — practically if not legally — feasible within years, not decades.
Autonomous weapons systems select and engage targets without human intervention;…might include, for example, armed quadcopters that can search for and eliminate enemy combatants in a city, but do not include cruise missiles or remotely piloted drones for which humans make all targeting decisions.
They wouldn’t do this, would they?
Oh yes they would.
Two US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) programmes foreshadow planned uses of LAWS
The article goes on to talk about how the leaders in “LAWS” technology – don’t you love how they always come up with cutesy acronyms like this to give machinations like this an aura of legitimacy – are the US, the UK, and Israel.
There’s some further blather about how the UN might already have the authority to regulate all this, and in fact might actually have some regulations which currently prohibit the deployment of this technology in some fashion.
Yeah. Right. The peace keepers are definitely the outfit we want to watch our backs on this one.
Besides, the unholy trinity says they don’t need no stinking laws.
The United States, the United Kingdom and Israel — the three countries leading the development of LAWS technology — suggested that a treaty is unnecessary because they already have internal weapons review processes that ensure compliance with international law.
LAWS could violate fundamental principles of human dignity by allowing machines to choose whom to kill — for example, they might be tasked to eliminate anyone exhibiting ‘threatening behaviour’.