Contributing colleague David U. Schrubbe sends in a link today to a story posted by MSNBC about the work being done on “a package of software and hardware” (read: SkyNet) that will serve as an “ethical governor” for robotic war machines in the field. The assumption here is that with adequate programming, we will be able to relinquish human control and LET THE ROBOTS DECIDE FOR THEMSELVES WHOM TO KILL. For once, I am NOT exaggerating on this point.
The arrogance is staggering, to assume that we will still ultimately be able to control machines to which we grant greater and greater autonomy and logic-processing.
Meanwhile, enjoy this musical interlude, certain to become the Robot Nation’s anthem: