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It’s Official: Robots Are Now Injuring And Killing Humans

Published on July 14, 2016 by   ·   No Comments



Nicholas West

Even as robotics experts, universities and tech luminaries sound the alarm about the potential for a future filled with killer robots, this technology evidently already has arrived … minus the stringent ethics.

There can be no debate about the use of killer robots in the military. We are in the middle of an admitted global drone arms race in which there are mass civilian casualties occurring under a specious U.S. legal framework that has thus far not even excluded its own citizens from being targeted for assassination. There is also a host of ground- and sea-based systems that are equally lethal and continue to be tested in massive joint military exercises.

Time after time we have seen that military developments – normally first employed “over there” – eventually trickle down into the everyday lives of citizens at home. Sometimes the technology is beneficial, most often it is not.  When weapons of war are handed down to local police, for example, we can’t be shocked when we are soon having debates about “militarized police” in the United States.

Artificial intelligence is another area that that has ushered in dual-use technologies such as drone surveillance and warfare, robot security guards and police, and self-driving vehicles for military and for civilians. In all cases we are now seeing disturbing misapplications as well as outright system failures. In fact, we are seeing many “firsts” that are threatening to become a trend if not quickly addressed and reined in.

Just a few weeks ago we witnessed the first human death reported from a self-driving vehicle when Tesla’s autopilot sensors failed to detect an oncoming tractor trailer, killing the test driver. Previously, there were ominous signs of this potential when Google’s self-driving cars first had failures that resulted in them being hit, but later actuallycaused an accident with a bus.

Aside from the technical challenges, questions have been raised about the ethics and morality that will be required in certain fatal situations. That area, too, is raising eyebrows – is it right to sacrifice the lives of some to save others?

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