…a small group of scholars is grappling with what some believe could be the next generation of weaponry: lethal autonomous robots. At the center of the debate is Ronald C. Arkin, a Georgia Tech professor who has hypothesized lethal weapons systems that are ethically superior to human soldiers on the battlefield. A professor of robotics and ethics, he has devised algorithms for an “ethical governor” that he says could one day guide an aerial drone or ground robot to either shoot or hold its fire in accordance with internationally agreed-upon rules of war.
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Sorry, but this professor is a bit delusional:
1) If our banks, utility, & national defense computers can be hacked into, I’m 105% certain these bots can be hacked into also, & have their programming replaced. Mechromancer anyone?
2) How can a bot tell the difference between an innocent civilian & a civilian with a weapon that want to take someone out? We have enough issues in Afghanistan (based on an interview with a General on NPR) having civilians pressed into taking a gun & shooting at US military there.