(Mods, can you please move this to the Posse Comitatus forum? The post button in that forum still doesn't show up for me.)
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)