“Nobody mourns them or asks for their bodies to be returned from war.”

A war between humans and autonomous killing machines would be over very, very quickly


Tue, Jul 24th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Noting that, when linked to surveillance and data systems autonomous killing machines could be used as "powerful instruments of violence and oppression," influential names in technology, science and academia are calling for governments to take preemptive action "before it's too late." Meanwhile, Quartz looks at what a war would look like against a tireless autonomous weapon. In a nutshell, it would be over very quickly for humans.

That’s because autonomous weapons have many advantages over human soldiers. For one, they do not tire. They can be more precise, and they can react faster and operate outside of parameters in which a human would survive, such as long stints in desert terrains. They do not take years of training and rearing, and they can be produced at scale. At worst they get destroyed or damaged, not killed or injured, and nobody mourns them or asks for their bodies to be returned from war.



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