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posted by azrael on Thursday November 13 2014, @08:26AM   Printer-friendly
from the reverse-polarity dept.

A United Nations commission is meeting in Geneva, Switzerland today to begin discussions on placing controls on the development of weapons systems that can target and kill without the intervention of humans, the New York Times reports. The discussions come a year after a UN Human Rights Council report called for a ban (pdf) on “Lethal autonomous robotics” and as some scientists express concerns that artificially intelligent weapons could potentially make the wrong decisions about who to kill.

SpaceX and Tesla founder Elon Musk recently called artificial intelligence potentially more dangerous than nuclear weapons.

Peter Asaro, the cofounder of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control (ICRAC), told the Times, “Our concern is with how the targets are determined, and more importantly, who determines them—are these human-designated targets? Or are these systems automatically deciding what is a target?”

Intelligent weapons systems are intended to reduce the risk to both innocent bystanders and friendly troops, focusing their lethality on carefully—albeit artificially—chosen targets. The technology in development now could allow unmanned aircraft and missile systems to avoid and evade detection, identify a specific target from among a clutter of others, and destroy it without communicating with the humans who launched them.

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  • (Score: 1) by anubi on Friday November 14 2014, @02:32AM

    by anubi (2828) on Friday November 14 2014, @02:32AM (#115751) Journal

    I get the idea the whole world governments will be controlled by the banking elite, who need unlimited force to back their claims to owning the world. The whole world is in debt to them to repay interest on the dollars which only the bankers have the charter to print from thin air.
    Now, how one can rightfully demand usury on that which they never had in the first place escapes me, but the inevitable outcome of allowing selected entities to print currency also means they will end up owning everything.

    This has happened before. From all I can tell, all of our wars and social uprisings are the result of the wealth balance shifting too much to too few - not as reward for work, but as rights transferred through financial manipulation.
    The elite are getting so few yet so wealthy that they have few people they can trust, so they need machines - with the soul of a machine - to back up their pens.

    That way, they can be 'nice', knowing that anyone who disagrees with them can simply be cancelled.

    "Prove all things; hold fast that which is good." [KJV: I Thessalonians 5:21]