Wednesday, 21 November 2012
They're being called 'killer robots' - machines that decided indepenently on targets to strike without being told to any human.
Alhtough they do not exist, the world's most powerful armies are taking steps in that direction - and are believed to be available in the next few decades or sooner.
A report this week by Human Rights Watch and the Harvard Law School International Human Rights Clinic titled " Losing Humanity: The Case Against Killer Robots" outlines the danger of these fully autonomous weapons
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Once upon a time this was a thing I would read about in Science Fiction novels. Asimov comes to mind who wrote a story back in 1950 called I robot. In his story he chronicles the development of the robot, from its primitive origins to its ultimate perfection in the not so distant future, a future in which humanity itself may be rendered obsolete.
I find it strange that we never take note of warnings from the past even if it is a work of science fiction.
In an earlier short story from 1942 , called "Runaround" he introduced 3 principles of the robot.
1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
2. A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.
The prospect of developing autonomous wearpons with the capacity to evaluate targeting options themselves is now a distinct possibility. On a personal note , humanitarian considerations should be put before any military ones, we have so much to lose and much to fear.
The technology is already out their, we have drones used to kill, unmanned aerial vehicles, remotely operated killing machines, raining hellfire missiles on inncocents in Pakistan and the Middle East. Since 2008 remotely piloted U.S drones have killed up to 3,000 people in Pakistan alone.
I guess all wars lead to the erosion of ethics, and humanity seems to have developed an inate ability to keep killing one another. Perhaps it would be a better idea, that humanity seeks ways to control their own actions and feelings without developing robots that can carry out our destructive needs without feeling. After all, certain military strategists aided by politicians have probably worked out that they can create machines that make less mistakes, but can carry out nevertheless, more deadly precision killing.
I strongly feel that the devlopment of and use of autonomous weapons or killer robots should be explicitly prohibited, because I feel they are an abuse of humanity's real needs. Otherwise I fear, it really will be too late.
Humanity should be seeking ways to find peace, and getting rid of existing injustices, instead of marching onwards to a dystopian world, that would mean that we all cease to exist.
Posted by teifidancer at 14:24