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posted by n1 on Thursday May 15 2014, @04:22AM   Printer-friendly
from the t800-confirmed-to-be-attending dept.

The U.N. has begun discussion on "lethal autonomous robots," killing machines which take the next step from our current drones which are operator controlled, to completely autonomous killing machines.

"Killer robots would threaten the most fundamental of rights and principles in international law," warned Steve Goose, arms division director at Human Rights Watch.

Are we too far down the rabbit hole, or can we come to reasonable and humane limits on this new world of death-by-algorithm?

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  • (Score: 1, Insightful) by tftp on Thursday May 15 2014, @07:42AM

    by tftp (806) on Thursday May 15 2014, @07:42AM (#43634) Homepage

    It makes sense why government wants this, as government isn't government, at least not by the definition I learned in civics classes. Government is merely a corrupt framework for the Orwellian pigs to control us so they get to live in the nice farmhouse, and we get to suffer and be sent to the glue factory.

    The cake ^W civic classes were a lie - or, say, a nice theory that has nothing to do with reality. All governments in known history operated and continue to operate as privileged gangs that use peons as expendable cannon fodder in war and in peace. Democracy only allows the voter to pick Twiddledee vs. Twiddledoom. Domination over others is deep in human genes; and woe betide those who don't want to exploit others - they will be exploited themselves.

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