Saturday, July 19, 2008

Aryan Killer Robots?

[Read this article and then check my comments at the end. - HAC]

Automated Killer Robots "Threat To Humanity": Expert

Increasingly autonomous, gun-toting robots developed for warfare could easily fall into the hands of terrorists and may one day unleash a robot arms race, a top expert on artificial intelligence told AFP. "They pose a threat to humanity," said University of Sheffield professor Noel Sharkey ahead of a keynote address Wednesday before Britain's Royal United Services Institute.

Intelligent machines deployed on battlefields around the world -- from mobile grenade launchers to rocket-firing drones -- can already identify and lock onto targets without human help. There are more than 4,000 US military robots on the ground in Iraq, as well as unmanned aircraft that have clocked hundreds of thousands of flight hours. The first three armed combat robots fitted with large-caliber machine guns deployed to Iraq last summer, manufactured by US arms maker Foster-Miller, proved so successful that 80 more are on order, said Sharkey. But up to now, a human hand has always been required to push the button or pull the trigger. If we are not careful, he said, that could change.

Military leaders "are quite clear that they want autonomous robots as soon as possible, because they are more cost-effective and give a risk-free war," he said. Several countries, led by the United States, have already invested heavily in robot warriors developed for use on the battlefield. South Korea and Israel both deploy armed robot border guards, while China, India, Russia and Britain have all increased the use of military robots.

Washington plans to spend four billion dollars by 2010 on unmanned technology systems, with total spending expected rise to 24 billion, according to the Department of Defense's Unmanned Systems Roadmap 2007-2032, released in December. James Canton, an expert on technology innovation and CEO of the Institute for Global Futures, predicts that deployment within a decade of detachments that will include 150 soldiers and 2,000 robots. The use of such devices by terrorists should be a serious concern, said Sharkey. Captured robots would not be difficult to reverse engineer, and could easily replace suicide bombers as the weapon-of-choice. "I don't know why that has not happened already," he said.

But even more worrisome, he continued, is the subtle progression from the semi-autonomous military robots deployed today to fully independent killing machines. "I have worked in artificial intelligence for decades, and the idea of a robot making decisions about human termination terrifies me," Sharkey said.

Ronald Arkin of Georgia Institute of Technology, who has worked closely with the US military on robotics, agrees that the shift towards autonomy will be gradual. But he is not convinced that robots don't have a place on the front line. "Robotics systems may have the potential to out-perform humans from a perspective of the laws of war and the rules of engagement," he told a conference on technology in warfare at Stanford University last month.

The sensors of intelligent machines, he argued, may ultimately be better equipped to understand an environment and to process information. "And there are no emotions that can cloud judgment, such as anger," he added. Nor is there any inherent right to self-defence.

For now, however, there remain several barriers to the creation and deployment of Terminator-like killing machines. Some are technical. Teaching a computer-driven machine -- even an intelligent one -- how to distinguish between civilians and combatants, or how to gauge a proportional response as mandated by the Geneva Conventions, is simply beyond the reach of artificial intelligence today.

But even if technical barriers are overcome, the prospect of armies increasingly dependent on remotely-controlled or autonomous robots raises a host of ethical issues that have barely been addressed. Arkin points out that the US Department of Defense's 230 billion dollar Future Combat Systems programme -- the largest military contract in US history -- provides for three classes of aerial and three land-based robotics systems. "But nowhere is there any consideration of the ethical implications of the weaponisation of these systems," he said.

For Sharkey, the best solution may be an outright ban on autonomous weapons systems. "We have to say where we want to draw the line and what we want to do -- and then get an international agreement," he said.


From HAC:

I have often thought in the back of my mind that if we can’t find any other solutions, maybe our science geeks could save us.

White kids, especially White boys, still make the best science geeks. In high school they retreat into the lab to get away from the niggers and spics and junkies and brain-dead bullies, and in college and through life they continue to hide from the world in a cubicle like Dilbert. But they know what’s going on better than most, because they have intelligence and because in many cases they are personal victims from a young age.

Could we form some kind of secret society of White kid science geeks and dedicate them to working the racial crisis from the scientific end? Say, some race-specific plague that kills non-Whites quickly (as opposed to AIDS that takes years and can harm Whites as well?)

Or maybe some kind of army of killer robots that will do what White males no longer have the physical courage or hardihood to do, and hunt down these shit-colored cockroaches and exterminate them?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

A more likely scenario would be some science-geek formulating a deadly DNA-selective virus or germ that would attack non-Whites. It was darkly hinted at in the early 90's that the White South Africans had just a bug on hand if worst came to worst. They should have used it if so.

Give it an incubation period of about 6-8 months so it can spread through out the World unnoticed before the muds start keeling over.

Mike Petersen

3:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Say, some race-specific plague that kills non-Whites quickly (as opposed to AIDS that takes years and can harm Whites as well?)" -HAC

Actually, I have read from a few different sources that Whites of Scandinavian descent have isolated their genes long enough to enable themselves from getting HIV and AIDs. Yes, one of these sources was actually from a Japanese scientist who encouraged ethnic homogenity in order to further enhance health and livelihood. Quite contrary to the PC crowd and their bullshit claim over miscegenation "improving" our genes, eh?

6:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HAC, it's just not that difficult to build your own cruise missile, according to this guy:

I once spoke to the son of a friend of my wife, who assured me that he could make a radio-controled airplane fly to a pre-determined set of GPS co-ordinates. Since most people have more computer power sitting on their desks than was available to the Manhattan Project, I believe him.


10:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They have more computer power available than was available to the Apollo Space Program.
Wasn't there a case there a few years ago where a Princeton student drew up a viable design for a thermonuclear bomb with readily available ingredients?
The problem for white people isn't brainpower it's awareness and willpower. Waiting for some smart geek to wipe out our enemies with his homebuilt virus is just fantasy. It's going to be a hard slog or not at all.

2:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If tptb allow this to make it to NEWS believ it is already fact.

By placing it into mass consciousness it embeds and makes it easier to start letting it be VISIBLE to masses.

Yes, a generatin ago it was announced that science had plagues that kill by gene selection and somehow that sliver of a "nation" got it all cancelled OR hushed up.

Dont remember the details now but I had a whole lotta hope for awhile! :D



4:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the reminder,'re absolutely right. The kid was constantly hounded by what he suspected were Pakistani agents wanting to buy the plans he drew up.

Also, he wrote a book about the whole experience (the title of which I can't remember) where he told of being asked where he kept his A-bomb. People apparently thought that he had built one, not designed one. As if he would keep it in his basement, or something.


6:37 PM  

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