December 3, 2008

Robotic Soldiers to Eventually Become More Lethal

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Dr. Ronald C. Arkin, who designs software for the Army for its current robotic warriors, believes that military robots can act more ethically in battle than their human counterparts. He also says that it is only a matter of time before lethal autonomous bots will be taking over wartime duties. In a report he wrote in late 2006, Arkin says that since they do not have the emotions of anger or recklessness, they will be invulnerable to "the psychological problem of 'scenario fulfillment'" which causes people to absorb new information more easily if it agrees with their pre-existing ideas.

He added that because they have no instinct for self-preservation, they would not be quick to go for the jugular as many humans would. Apparently, both South Korea and Israel already deploy armed robotic border guards. Although a world without war would be a wondrous thing, it will probably never happen. We think it would be a fine idea if all wars were fought with robotic pawns. Read the full report and be afraid, be very afraid.

Via NY Times

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Posted by Sheila Franklin at December 3, 2008 8:52 AM
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