If, like me, you’re worried about the coming robot war, The New York Times has an article that might make you hyperventilate. It’s about how the military is increasingly arming robots and creating artificial intelligence weapons systems.
The piece explores the rapidly advancing technology of warrior robots and also covers the ethical debate over the use of mechanised killers.
It turns out that some people are so concerned they’ve created a robot arms control lobby group.
For those still a little anxious about the whole affair, several people are quoted who try and put our minds at ease.
“A lot of people fear artificial intelligence,” said John Arquilla, executive director of the Information Operations Center at the Naval Postgraduate School. “I will stand my artificial intelligence against your human any day of the week and tell you that my A.I. will pay more attention to the rules of engagement and create fewer ethical lapses than a human force.”
Dude, you’re not helping.
Link to NYT on ‘War Machines: Recruiting Robots for Combat’.