Why autonomous weapons are not a great idea...
A few brainstorms ago, I mentioned I would probably start getting more geekie in the posts as I am shifting thoughts more from growing healthy veggies and helping friends with their startups to move back into augmanity. Thus, more nerdie, geekie, and dorkie posts will probably follow.
One asked me about the idea of autonomous weapons, “do you think they are a good idea?”
I replied, “No worse than what we have now, but the problem I have with the coming machine/robot/AAI class of weapons and tools isn’t that they are bad. My problem is that Man hasn’t evolved enough within himself to even get past needing these weapons.”
That last comment got an odd look, as if to say, “what are you crazy? There is a lot to be afraid of out there in the world of the unknown!”
“That is my point. What are people so afraid of?”
In today’s world, one person can create a mess, a few can really cause a country to change the way it works…. the people who will use the autonomous weapons are not the ones that will think about the ramifications and speed with which these machines can inflict damage and destruction – it will be some goof, much like the bubba whose famous last words are “hey, ya’all watch this” as he goes on to try to achieve Darwin award history. These new weapons and the barriers to them are not like the old days where you had to build a nuclear reactor, enrich the uranium, and then construct some fairly precise elements and delivery systems.
The future bots will be simple, seemingly dumb elements that will be able to swarm, construct, group and assimilate their surroundings and act – be it for good or evil. Somewhere behind all this, until the machine can develop a sense of ethic or conscience will be a man telling the machine what to do.
History has proven, and if you wander this world, I think the most fearful country might be the USA with the way media projects the news. We also have the most weapons and bullets freely available to the walking public. More Americans need to get outside of the country and take a year wandering the world or working in another country to get a different perspective of the world. The same can be said for the other countries making a lot of money fabricating weapons.
If you do that, you actually get to see the other human beings that live on the planet. You meet them, talk to them, and realize their differences and similarities. You have to adjust to what is different via the traditions and customs they have grown up with – whether you think they are good or a bit odd – it is still their spot on the planet.
With autonomous weapons, before we get to the really amazing systems, just imagine the home security system normal people will be able to install in their own home to ward off all the fear and threats that exist outside the house! While never asking, “what am I actually afraid of inside myself?” You get a good idea why I am against such weapons, but I also know, they are here now, they will simply become more of the world landscape.
Because it is too profitable for some to market fear to the masses.
As for the future of warfare, it will be a bunch of machines first, should they all get destroyed or fail…guess what…man will have to pick up his club and fight it out.
Wouldn’t it be more cost effective to learn to live – sans fear?
Guess that will be tomorrows post…more on the icky side of transhumanism and man thinking he is smart enough to play god, and the irony that the same issue – man if flawed, imperfect, at times irrational and will act on emotion – unless he can change himself from inside.