Think anyone other than the USA will build Skynet, Robot Wars against humans?


Mitch McConnell’s new intern

Due to technological revolutions outside its control, the Department of Defense (DoD) anticipates the dawn of a bold new era of automated war within just 15 years. By then, they believe, wars could be fought entirely using intelligent robotic systems armed with advanced weapons.

So, they may as well help it along. Right?

Last week, US defense secretary Chuck Hagel ann​ounced the ‘Defense Innovation Initiative’—a sweeping plan to identify and develop cutting edge technology breakthroughs “over the next three to five years and beyond” to maintain global US “mili​tary-technological superiority.” Areas to be covered by the DoD programme include robotics, autonomous systems, miniaturization, Big Data and advanced manufacturing, including 3D printing…

The Pentagon plans to monopolize imminent “transformational advances” in nanotechnology, robotics, and energy…

Pointing out that “sensitive personal information” can now be easily mined from online sources and social media, they call for policies on “Personally Identifiable Information (PII) to determine the Department’s ability to make use of information from social media in domestic contingencies”—in other words, to determine under what conditions the Pentagon can use private information on American citizens obtained via data-mining of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Flickr and so on.

Just in case the NSA missed anything.

Yet the most direct military application of such technologies, the Pentagon study concludes, will be in “Command-Control-Communications, Computers and Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance (C4ISR)”—a field led by “world-class organizations such as the National Security Agency (NSA).”

RTFA for lots more scary crap from the government sector responsible for bringing us everything from Agent Orange to Enhanced Interrogation Techniques.

Let me say it once again. Either takeover the Democrats and install a backbone or go the 3rd Party route to twist their arms and inspire the courageous action needed to forestall this version of the future. Because you know we ain’t gonna have any robots big enough to fight back against theirs.

13 thoughts on “Think anyone other than the USA will build Skynet, Robot Wars against humans?

  1. n3W5 i73m: says:

    “Hotel staffed by robots to open in Japan” http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/2/5/japan-robot-hotel.html The Henn-na Hotel, or “Strange Hotel,” will open its doors on July 17 on the grounds of Huis Ten Bosch theme park near Nagasaki, according to an announcement from JNTO on Jan. 28. In other news, “Westworld”, the classic 1973 sci-fi flick about malfunctioning androids in a futuristic amusement park for adults is being remade as an episodic TV series by HBO, described as “a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westworld_%28TV_series%29

  2. NightmareFuel says:

    “See Spot. See Spot run!” Spot is a 160 lb four-legged robot designed by Google-owned Boston Dynamics for indoor and outdoor operation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8YjvHYbZ9w “Boston Dynamics builds advanced robots with remarkable behavior: mobility, agility, dexterity and speed. We use sensor-based controls and computation to unlock the capabilities of complex mechanisms. Our world-class development teams take projects from initial concept to proof-of-principle prototyping to build-test-build engineering, to field testing and low-rate production. Organizations worldwide, from DARPA, the US Army, Navy and Marine Corps to Sony Corporation turn to Boston Dynamics for advice and for help creating the most advanced robots on Earth.” On the company website see also the Agile Anthropomorphic Robot, AKA: “Atlas”, a 6-foot (1.8 m) bipedal humanoid robot, based on the company’s earlier PETMAN humanoid robot and “designed for a variety of search and rescue tasks.”

  3. Omnissiah says:

    New report suggests the development of self-driving cars could spur advancements in robotics and cause other ripple effects, potentially benefiting society in a variety of ways. http://www.pcworld.com/article/2893832/selfdriving-car-technology-could-end-up-in-robots.html Autonomous cars as well as robots rely on artificial intelligence, image recognition, GPS and processors, among other technologies, notes a report from consulting firm McKinsey. Some of the hardware used in self-driving cars could find its way into robots, lowering production costs and the price for consumers. Self-driving cars could also help people grow accustomed to other machines, like robots, that can complete tasks without the need for human intervention. Commonly used parts could allow auto mechanics to fix robots as well, said the report, released Thursday. Infrastructure like machine-to-machine communication networks could also be shared.

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