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Old 02-23-2006, 05:44 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Well the military is designing autonomous robots with the express purpose of killing. Manual shutoff is all well and good, but if the thing is blasting away with a big ass machine gun, have fun getting to that switch. The only real manual shut off is EMP. Taking the human element out of the art of killing is wrong on many different levels. One, there is no longer a human cost to war...making war more likely and more sanitized. Two, automated systems can always develop problems. There were several incidents during the cold war where the automated nuke response triggered and fortunaly was able to be overridden, but the point remains...what if it isn't, what if the bug is a tiny one that is deep in the programming...how quickly can programmers get into the code to fix it? Arming non-human controled computers is just a very very bad idea.
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