Programmers Against Slaughterbots
Programmers Against Slaughterbots
Written by Mike James   
Monday, 20 November 2017

Autonomous weapons might sound like a good idea at first, why send soldiers to die, but the potential for misuse is obvious. You might not have thought of such as the slaughterbot - you need to see this.

 

Just watch the video made by a group called Stop Autonomous Weapons as part of a campaign to ban fully autonomous weapon systems:

 

 

If you know the technology then you will know that it is all very reasonable and not science fiction at all, even if it does seem like an episode of Black Mirror. What is perhaps more frightening than realizing that the scenario is possible, is the difficulty of working out counter measures. These bots are not fly-by-wire like current drones they are self-contained AI machines. You can start to think up protection from one drone - a wire mesh net say - but these drones can work as a swarm. They may only have a small amount of explosive each, but working together they can make a hole in any defense you care to put up.

 

dronedrop

 

Even if you build a 6 meter thick concrete bunker there is likely to be some way in you didn't think of - and air drones are just one option, snake robots are good at wriggling though small gaps and pipes. I can think of some defenses, but none are particularly easy and they all start a war of technological escalation.

The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, Ban Lethal Autonomous Weapons and the Future of Life Institute which backs both, are of the opinion that what we have to do is get governments to ban this sort of weapon. They are asking for your support by adding your name to a list of public opponents to the development of such weapons. They also want to you write to your elected representative. Both are a good idea, but a government ban, a global law or convention aren't going to stop the bad guys from creating such cheap and effective weapons.

The technology cannot be uninvented.

Perhaps what we need to do is work out countermeasures that are equally cheap and even more effective.

 slaughterbot1

More Information

http://autonomousweapons.org/

http://www.stopkillerrobots.org/

Related Articles

AI Researchers Call For Ban On Autonomous Weapons

Autonomous Robot Weaponry - The Debate

Halting Problem Used To Prove A Robot Cannot Computably Kill A Human    

To be informed about new articles on I Programmer, sign up for our weekly newsletter, subscribe to the RSS feed and follow us on, Twitter, FacebookGoogle+ or Linkedin.

 

Banner


Google Starts Its Push To Progressive Web Apps - Bye Bye Chrome Apps
06/12/2017

Google has removed Chrome apps from the Chrome Web Store and has made it clear that Progressive Web Apps are what you should move to. There is a lot that is unclear about all of this and, apart from a [ ... ]



Blockchain and Bitcoin Skills In Demand
20/11/2017

Blockchain, Bitcoin and Ethereum have been added to Hacker News Hiring Trends, which tracks the popularity of languages, frameworks and technologies in the Hacker News thread "Ask HN: Who is hiring?". [ ... ]


More News

 
 

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

 

Last Updated ( Monday, 20 November 2017 )
 
 

   
RSS feed of news items only
I Programmer News
Copyright © 2017 i-programmer.info. All Rights Reserved.
Joomla! is Free Software released under the GNU/GPL License.