There are days when, I swear to you, I think I'm losing my GD mind. Days where the people 'in charge' seems as if they act like JRHS kids playing with fissionable material or they're like infants sticking OUR collective fingers into a wall socket, with a missing cover.
And here we ARE AGAIN.
Eventually, drones may have the technical ability to make even lethal decisions autonomously to respond to a programmed set of inputs, select
a target and fire their weapons without a human reviewing or checking
the result. Yet the idea of the U.S. military deploying a lethal
autonomous robot, or LAR, is sparking controversy. Though autonomy might
address some of the current downsides of how drones are used, they
introduce new downsides policymakers are only just learning to grapple
So, the DoD hasn't really just THOUGHT about this. The DoD and they're minions committed enough to 'think' up an acronym for the naming of this type weapon? I think most thinking adults, all 311 of us left in America [that's a guees BTW] , know that there is no OAF [Office of Acronym Formulation] at the DoD. Oh, don't get me wrong, there are plenty of oafs at DoD, the defense contractors, at 1600 Penn. Ave and in Congress where this shit gets approved.
But the acronyms come from the smart boys at the defense contractors, who design these 'products' Those clowns just see this the way Ray Kroc saw burgers and fries. It's simply a 'product' to sell at a profit to them.
But as deadly as I'm told a burger can BE, I've never had one TRACK me down and force itself into my stomach!
The basic conceit behind a LAR is that it can outperform and outthink a
human operator. "If a drone’s system is sophisticated enough, it could
be less emotional, more selective and able to provide force in a way
that achieves a tactical objective with the least harm," said Purdue
University Professor Samuel Liles. "A lethal autonomous robot can aim
better, target better, select better, and in general be a better asset
with the linked ISR [intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance]
packages it can run."
Conceit isn't even close to what this is. Stupidity is a mile short. Foolishness is getting into the neighborhood, I do believe, but still falls woefully short. Perhaps a string of adjectives? Short sighted stupidity, compounded by foolish conceit, is about where I think they are.
Dr. Frankenstein had these traits, in spades, and we know how that turned out.
But, I digress, back to my original theme. In 2011, the last full year for data, 11.6 MI:L:LION people were the victims of Identity Theft. Most of it committed via 'smart' phones and computers. Now I know what most people will say,
"...but Schteveo, the thieves and scammers get into that personal stuff, because the users forget to use their security systems!!!!"
Here's what I know, about THAT, from my own experiences.
The people who 'forget' to secure their own personal electronic gear, ALSO forget to secure their gear at WORK! And yes, that includes people with big time, VERY high security clearances at DoD, and at our banks, stores and credit card companies. Those people can cause us all financial ruin, in mere seconds, what about stupid people at DoD or the contracting offices? We know that the people at DoD leave their electronic 'fly' open a great deal also. That's how the ChiComs and NKs get into our computer systems periodically, like guys getting into a warehouse, because someone simply forgot to lock one just door..
The bad guys have legions of smart people, who spend hours everyday, hacking their way onto our DoD networks, HOPING that Chuck Hagel left his laptop on and unsecured after several hours of playing Angry Birds or looking at Gay Jamaican Porn videos!! If anyone leaves their computer ON, the hackers can get in.
And if they can get into the computers now to see ??? plans, they can get in a dump crap into the Drone Programming! After that, how hard is it to reprogram the MFers to shoot at US and not 'THEM' ? Just what safeguard do they have that will keep 'them' out of the LOR program and control loop?
The bottom line for me is this, I've seen all the "Terminator" movies, I've read all the "Colossus" books and I've got "Colossus: The Forbin Project" on VHS. I don't foresee these machines starting to 'think'. But, I do know how easily bad people figure out how to harm us with our own gear, when new technology comes along.
It's usually a short time after we start new using new tech, before our 'enemies' are using something similar. Usually everybody is about the same place in R & D on military technology. Sometimes with Americans as willing accomplices, they get a 'little' help. People like the Rosenbergs, or Bradley Manning think they are helping 'the world' by outting the U.S. Worse still, people like John Anthony Walker and his family who worked for decades undermining us, just for the money and the 'buzz'.
Given all that, I just don't see HOW the DoD can tell us, with any sort of certainty, that OUR autonomous drones won't be used against us, can they?