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Monday, September 17, 2012

Killer Robots are Coming

US Military Battle Droids  -  "How long before we see packs of droids hunting down pesky demonstrators with paralysing weapons?"
  • An autonomous robot is going to make decisions who to kill, when to kill and where to kill.

Gary Rule #1  -  People are fucking morons.

It appears the so-called "best and brightest" who run our government and military have never read any Science Fiction or watched a movie.

The military is moving full speed ahead to build killer robots who can think for themselves.  What could possibly go wrong?

Professor Noel Sharkey is warning that a fleet of robots is being developed that will ultimately be used to “kill people,” Boston Dynamics has released a new video showcasing how its LS3 robot is able to autonomously track humans over rugged terrain.

“We’ve refined the LS3 platform and have begun field testing against requirements of the Marine Corps,” Army Lt. Col. Joe Hitt, DARPA program manager told Fox News. “The vision for LS3 is to combine the capabilities of a pack mule with the intelligence of a trained animal.”

Terminator Robots  -  DARPA Legged Squad Support System
This video depicts field testing of the DARPA Legged Squad Support System (LS3). The goal of the LS3 program is to demonstrate that a legged robot can unburden dismounted squad members by carrying their gear, autonomously following them through rugged terrain, and interpreting verbal and visual commands.

Although Boston Dynamics and DARPA claim the robots are ostensibly being designed to help conduct humanitarian and relief missions, Noel Sharkey, professor of artificial intelligence and robotics at the University of Sheffield, recently warned that the true purpose of the machines is less benign.
Speaking about the Cheetah, a similar robot currently being perfected by Boston Dynamics, Sharkey said the device represented, “an incredible technical achievement, but it’s unfortunate that it’s going to be used to kill people.”

“It’s going to be used for chasing people across the desert, I would imagine. I can’t think of many civilian applications – maybe for hunting, or farming, for rounding up sheep.” Sharkey added.
“But of course if it’s used for combat, it would be killing civilians as well as it’s not going to be able to discriminate between civilians and soldiers.”

Paul Marks at the New Scientist pointed out such proposals are somewhat concerning, because they inevitably will be adapted for domestic purposes such as policing and crowd control.

“…how long before we see packs of droids hunting down pesky demonstrators with paralysing weapons? Or could the packs even be lethally armed?” Marks asked.

Russian combat Robots

Law I   -   A robot may not harm a human or, by inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.

Law II   -   A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the first law.

Law III   -   A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the first or second law.

Detective Del Spooner:   Is there a problem with the Three Laws?
Dr. Alfred Lanning:   The Three Laws are perfect.
Detective Del Spooner:   Then why would you build a robot that could function without them?
Dr. Alfred Lanning:   The Three Laws will lead to only one logical outcome.
Detective Del Spooner:   What? What outcome?
Dr. Alfred Lanning:   Revolution.
Detective Del Spooner:   Whose revolution?
Dr. Alfred Lanning:   That, Detective, is the right question. Program terminated.

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