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An artificial intelligence professor has warned that the trend toward creating autonomous killer robots for battlefield use poses "a threat to humanity."
Noel Sharkey of the University of Sheffield said that military leaders in several countries "are quite clear that they want autonomous robots as soon as possible, because they are more cost-effective and give a risk-free war."
Unmanned surveillance aircraft have been used for years and are currently deployed by the U.S. military in Iraq, along with 4,000 military robots on the ground. Some of these robots are armed with large-caliber machine guns. Armed robot border guards are also used by South Korea and Israel, and other robots are in use by China, India, Russia and the United Kingdom.
To date, none of these machines are able to fire without a human pushing a button or pulling the trigger in some other deliberate way. But such robots are already under development, with the U.S. planning to invest $4 billion in research by 2010 and $24 billion by 2032.
Originally posted by Kigga
I'm pretty sure that the engineers and scientists developing such things would also be smart enough to make some failsafe thing so it wouldn't "turn on us". If they're smart enough to develop these things I'm sure they'd be smart enough to protect us from all the "killer robots" as seen in movies and such.
Originally posted by meadowfairy
never heard of a legitimate news website and legit scientific journals except what they teach you in school to believe is legit.