Skip to comments.Professor: Drones Will Soon Be Able To Kill During War Without Human Assistance
Posted on 10/01/2012 8:48:52 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Drones could soon operate without the help of humans.
Agence France-Presse is reporting that the Pentagon wants its drones to be more autonomous, so that they can run with little to no assistance from people.
Before they were blind, deaf and dumb, Mark Maybury, chief scientist for the U.S. Air Force, told AFP. Now were beginning to make them to see, hear and sense.
Ronald Arkin, a professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology, believes that drones will soon be able to kill enemies on their own independently.
It is not my belief that an unmanned system will be able to be perfectly ethical in the battlefield, but I am convinced that they can perform more ethically than human soldiers are capable of, Arkin told AFP.
Arkin added that robotic weapons should be designed as ethical warriors and that these type of robots could wage war in a more humane way.
The U.S. military says people will be on the ground to control the drones despite the unmanned robots gaining more independence.
Peter W. Singer, a senior fellow in Foreign Policy at The Brookings Institution, believes there could be legal hurdles in regards to using robot-controlled drones.
These responses that are driven by science, politics and battlefield necessity get you into areas where the lawyers just arent ready for it yet, Singer told AFP.
Earlier this year, Singer wrote an op-ed piece for The New York Times about the use of drones. In the piece, entitled Do Drones Undermine Democracy? he says the use of drones is short-circuiting the decision-making process.
Without any actual political debate, we have set an enormous precedent, blurring the civilian and military roles in war and circumventing the Constitutions mandate for authorizing it, Singer wrote. Freeing the executive branch to act as it chooses may be appealing to some now, but many future scenarios will be less clear-cut. And each political party will very likely have a different view, depending on who is in the White House.
AFP reports that new military drones will most likely be implemented with more powerful jet engines and have longer range in combat.
There are currently more than 7,000 drones being used in combat.
Skynet... Hey I’m just saying
If someone on this earth actually deserves to die, then be man enough to kill him yourself.
Otherwise, you are just a coward who deserves the same fate.
Is this the same Peter Singer who thinks parents should be able to kill their disabled children up to two years old?
He'll be deploying drones around children's hospitals in case any of them try to limp away.
And, what’s Arnold doing, NOW? Dun, Dun, DUN!
The drones must have the ability to profile....
“Arkin added that robotic weapons should be designed as ethical warriors and that these type of robots could wage war in a more humane way.”
Episode of Star Trek. Actually more than one episode.
Congress may just find itself in the crosshairs of a truly patriotic drone.
in a related story, they have also made a robot that autonomously can apologize for accidental, mistaken kilings by autonomous drones, and can either create a paper letter, .mpeg voicemail, or email to the deceased’s living relatives - if they haven’t been accidentally killed, too.
Manned drones, yes. Manned fighters yes. ICBMs yes. Autonomous hardware, no.
Looks like we’re gonna have to kill Hal...
I'm sorry, Dave, I can't let you do that.
Too Frickin bad sand man. It’s over. you’re just some thin strip of silica on a fiber board.
I’m gonna D-rez yoh azz and then there’ll be be no memory of you....
First unmanned drones in warzones. Next unmanned drones for police departments to use against citizens.
Skynet is worst-case.
But then there’s Banks’s knife missiles.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.