"Why America Wants Drones That Can Kill Without Humans"

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posted on Oct, 8 2013 @ 09:13 PM
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(Mods, can you please move this to the Posse Comitatus forum? The post button in that forum still doesn't show up for me.)
www.defenseone.com...

The article linked above is an essay on the wonderful reasons why machines are so much better at deciding who to kill than humans. Better targeting, better reflexes, better decision making abilities. Also notice the play on words in the title, about how "America" wants these new drones, implying that you and I hope these things come to fruition as soon as possible.

I disagree. While some of the abilities of drones could be used to augment human ability and human decisions, I believe that transferring all control to programming would be a bad idea.

Who gets to decide the parameters on "acceptable collateral damage"?
Rather than a single drone being hacked (which they actually outline as a problem in the article" a simple virus would allow entire fleets of these to be reprogrammed simultaneously.
By taking the human element out of the equation, drones could be deployed against target normal soldiers would hesitate or refuse to fire on (I'll let your imagination figure out who THAT might be)



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Sorry this isn't as well thought out as my normal posts, but I am suffering a severe summer cold which is making my head a little fuzzy)




posted on Oct, 8 2013 @ 09:24 PM
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The article linked above is an essay on the wonderful reasons why machines are so much better at deciding who to kill than humans. Better targeting, better reflexes, better decision making abilities.

Easier to blame machinery for "mistakes", too.



posted on Oct, 8 2013 @ 09:30 PM
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And, come to think of it, machines can't ignore an illegal command or be whistleblowers either.
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posted on Oct, 8 2013 @ 09:31 PM
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Does that mean that they have a computer program for "profiling"?

Autonomous drones programmed to kill on their own.

Lord help us!
(and pass the ammo!)



posted on Oct, 8 2013 @ 09:34 PM
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They did something similar on that old tv show Twilight Zone.

It didn't turn out well for humans.....



posted on Oct, 8 2013 @ 09:35 PM
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Someone could design drones that takeout other drones..



posted on Oct, 8 2013 @ 09:46 PM
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I didn't want to say it in the original post, but have none of these people seen the Terminator series? Or any of the other hundreds of other autonomous robot movies that have come out in the past 50 years? Do they not realize they are building Skynet?



posted on Oct, 8 2013 @ 09:48 PM
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While I'm certain that the drones could be designed, I'm also certain that the weapons systems needed for drone on drone combat would be beyond what us "normal" citizens are allowed to have. Short of building a faster "kamikaze" drone, which would be difficult to produce in numbers needed.



posted on Oct, 8 2013 @ 09:52 PM
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It never does. And based on some conversations I've had with a friend who works for a company that also gets DOD and DARPA contracts, this autonomous thing is something they are trying to implement full spectrum across the board, down to having a central unit at the base station relaying orders to soldiers on the field based on input it gets from the drones and sensors they want the soldiers equipped with. They literally want the AI's giving the orders to the troops, without human influence.



posted on Oct, 8 2013 @ 09:59 PM
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QuantumCypher
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And, come to think of it, machines can't ignore an illegal command or be whistleblowers either.
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Agreed. Or require pilots to cross borders and violate sovereign airspace (not that that matters anymore). The last sentence from your link...


“I don’t think any actor, human or not, is capable of carrying out the refined, precise ROEs that would enable an armed intervention to be helpful in Syria.”

Bingo. Theres the rub. They want drones over Syria. Easier to accept because "nobody" is involved. Its a machine violating you. Excuse me, "intervening" you.



posted on Oct, 8 2013 @ 10:07 PM
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And much easier for the public to swallow. "No boots on the ground, no American lives being lost. Look at us, bring democracy to the world one lethal drone strike at a time!"



posted on Oct, 8 2013 @ 10:11 PM
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Noor Aziz | 8 | male
Abdul Wasit | 17 | male
Noor Syed | 8 | male
Wajid Noor | 9 | male
Syed Wali Shah | 7 | male
Ayeesha | 3 | female
Qari Alamzeb | 14| male
Shoaib | 8 | male
Hayatullah KhaMohammad | 16 | male
Tariq Aziz | 16 | male
Sanaullah Jan | 17 | male
Maezol Khan | 8 | female
Nasir Khan | male
Naeem Khan | male
Naeemullah | male
Mohammad Tahir | 16 | male
Azizul Wahab | 15 | male
Fazal Wahab | 16 | male
Ziauddin | 16 | male
Mohammad Yunus | 16 | male
Fazal Hakim | 19 | male
Ilyas | 13 | male
Sohail | 7 | male
Asadullah | 9 | male
khalilullah | 9 | male
Noor Mohammad | 8 | male
Khalid | 12 | male
Saifullah | 9 | male
Mashooq Jan | 15 | male


A List Of Children Killed By Drone Strikes In Pakistan and Yemen

Coming to an American city near you.....

With Personal kill lists used as an excuse on the War on Terror, expect the unexpected.




S&F
edit on 8-10-2013 by sonnny1 because: (no reason given)



posted on Oct, 8 2013 @ 10:27 PM
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Especailly with the increasing long list the feds are building of "suspected potential domestic terrorists."

When "being a Ron Paul supporter" is a reason for the government to place you on a watch list, with Holder saying that he believes it's justifiable to use drones against American citizens on American soil, and with the serious potential for economic collapse right around the corner, I think that they are in a real hurry to get people out from behind the trigger button and put everything under the control of a machine that only does what it's told...



posted on Oct, 8 2013 @ 11:33 PM
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sonnny1
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Noor Aziz | 8 | male
Abdul Wasit | 17 | male
Noor Syed | 8 | male
Wajid Noor | 9 | male
Syed Wali Shah | 7 | male
Ayeesha | 3 | female
Qari Alamzeb | 14| male
Shoaib | 8 | male
Hayatullah KhaMohammad | 16 | male
Tariq Aziz | 16 | male
Sanaullah Jan | 17 | male
Maezol Khan | 8 | female
Nasir Khan | male
Naeem Khan | male
Naeemullah | male
Mohammad Tahir | 16 | male
Azizul Wahab | 15 | male
Fazal Wahab | 16 | male
Ziauddin | 16 | male
Mohammad Yunus | 16 | male
Fazal Hakim | 19 | male
Ilyas | 13 | male
Sohail | 7 | male
Asadullah | 9 | male
khalilullah | 9 | male
Noor Mohammad | 8 | male
Khalid | 12 | male
Saifullah | 9 | male
Mashooq Jan | 15 | male


A List Of Children Killed By Drone Strikes In Pakistan and Yemen

Coming to an American city near you.....

With Personal kill lists used as an excuse on the War on Terror, expect the unexpected.




S&F
edit on 8-10-2013 by sonnny1 because: (no reason given)


And that's just the ones leaked/reported.





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