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Thursday, February 28, 2008

I'm qualified to comment

on this:

Increasingly autonomous, gun-totting robots developed for warfare could easily fall into the hands of terrorists and may one day unleash a robot arms race, a top expert on artificial intelligence told AFP. -breitbart.com

They have various foolish objections to killer robot armies.

1) Terrorist could steal themz!
Yeah, they can steal nukes. Anyway, terrorists are cheaper than robots, no terrorist group has the logistics to support robots, robots are about as effective as a time bomb for the terrorist side of asymmetric warfare, safeguards can be built in (ineffectively), and the problem as a whole would be statistically insignificant.

2) Robot arms race zomg!
Yeah, we could spend our budget on robot guns instead of guns. The only difference is fewer casualties.

3) "But nowhere is there any consideration of the ethical implications of the weaponisation of these systems," he said.
Yeah, actually, we considered them, but it only took about five seconds to realize that killing robots is preferable to killing people. As a side note, robots don't rape, pillage, or care when hippies spit on them.

4) "I have worked in artificial intelligence for decades, and the idea of a robot making decisions about human termination terrifies me," Sharkey said.
Well, better get crackin' on the algorithms then. What do you think the decision heuristic is for a land mine? A daisy cutter?

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