Maybe it's because of our love of movies, but we have a bad feeling about this.
According to reports, the U.S. Military has begun developing and testing self-piloting drones.
Be warned, people! The robot revolt is almost here!
Let us explain. Currently, one the American military's greatest advantages in the war on terror is its arsenal of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones. UAVs are basically giant remote-controlled airplanes that pilots on the ground fly. They're used to keep tabs on possible terrorists, lend a bird's eye view for troops on the ground, and even fire hellfire missiles.
And now, the military is getting them to think for themselves.
To be fair, the proposed new models wouldn't be of the killing kind. Their duties would be focused on lending support for vehicles piloted by people, which would still be the ones making the combat strikes. But one prominent robot scientist, Ronald Arkin, who used to work on the U.S. drone program and now teaches at Georgia Tech, thinks that it's only a matter of time before computer-controlled drones are allowed to kill in combat.
And, when that happens ... the machine vs. human war is on.
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