posted on Dec, 7 2012 @ 01:16 PM
When Richard Gatling invented the gatling gun he believed it would reduce casualtiies of war by reducing the number of troops required and by making
war for the opponent futile. When I started my career I believed (much along the same lines) that if I designed smart enough autonomous weapons,
eventually they would replace people on the battle field and the only casualties that would occur would be when a machine failed at it's job and
everybody would be horrified that a human had died.
Sometimes when temperatures change rapidly, a target's thermal image is reflected off of boundary layers near the ground. I've watched Javilins when
used in direct attack mode, skip off of the dessert floor (following the wrong thermal image) and still devastate the target. The Javelin is a
formidable weapon, but the truth is that no matter how capable a weapon system is, we will just use it to kill more people. We're stupid.