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   Relax, your fears of a 'Machine Apocalypse' are much ado about nothing, the Pentagon promises that, a human will always decide when a robot kills you

27 Nov 2012 09:49 AM   |   2628 clicks   |   Daily Mail
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naughtyrev    [TotalFark]  
That's nice and all, but my robots don't work for the Pentagon.

27 Nov 2012 09:26 AM
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Deep Contact     
The robots will start out that way.

27 Nov 2012 09:53 AM
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MindStalker     
"Semi-autonomous weapon systems that are onboard or integrated with unmanned platforms must be designed such that, in the event of degraded or lost communications, the system does not autonomously select and engage individual targets or specific target groups that have not been previously selected by an authorised human operator"

Does this mean one could set it to Taliban and walk away?

27 Nov 2012 09:54 AM
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snocone    [TotalFark]  
Well, I certainly feel much better.

27 Nov 2012 09:54 AM
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Expolaris     
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3.bp.blogspot.com

/Amurika

27 Nov 2012 09:54 AM
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ChipNASA    [TotalFark]  

MindStalker: "Semi-autonomous weapon systems that are onboard or integrated with unmanned platforms must be designed such that, in the event of degraded or lost communications, the system does not autonomously select and engage individual targets or specific target groups that have not been previously selected by an authorised human operator"

Does this mean one could set it to Taliban brown people and walk away?

/ftfy

27 Nov 2012 09:55 AM
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snocone    [TotalFark]  

Deep Contact: The robots will start out that way.


Ever try to negotiate w/ a machine?

/talking to slots doen't count

27 Nov 2012 09:55 AM
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Fail in Human Form     

MindStalker: "Semi-autonomous weapon systems that are onboard or integrated with unmanned platforms must be designed such that, in the event of degraded or lost communications, the system does not autonomously select and engage individual targets or specific target groups that have not been previously selected by an authorised human operator"

Does this mean one could set it to Taliban and walk away?


I think it's less " kill Bob" and more "kill everyone in this grid square".

27 Nov 2012 09:57 AM
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DoomPaul     
I thought the goal was to make autonomous drones capable of taking action without direct human control.

i48.tinypic.com

27 Nov 2012 09:59 AM
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KarmicDisaster    [TotalFark]  
Plus, there is a preset kill limit.

27 Nov 2012 09:59 AM
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Nightsweat     
Yeah, but that human will make that decision as part of a program that might translate to - Is it in the kill zone? Is it moving? Shoot it.

27 Nov 2012 10:01 AM
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tommyl66     
I don't even know why the scientists make them.

27 Nov 2012 10:06 AM
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doczoidberg     

tommyl66: ts make them.


They steal your medicine for fuel.

27 Nov 2012 10:07 AM
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macadamnut     
i25.tinypic.com

27 Nov 2012 10:09 AM
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Rich Cream     
The military also declared the drones will never be hacked or modified in any way, after-market. They also declared the sun will set at the same time every day so we don't have these early winter evenings anymore.

/perfectly legal process my ass

27 Nov 2012 10:10 AM
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RedVentrue     
I don't know which is scarier; autonomous killer robots, or basement dwelling joystick jockeys hyped up on Monster.

27 Nov 2012 10:15 AM
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Keeve     
"authorised human operator" = Primary target once the robots gain self-awareness

"I'm afraid I can't do that, Dave"

27 Nov 2012 10:23 AM
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ObscureNameHere     
See? SEE?? THIS is what the Butlerian Jihad was all about.

/time for some spice...

27 Nov 2012 10:26 AM
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The Jami Turman Fan Club     
Ronald Reagan said that the scariest words to hear were "I'm from the government, and I'm here to help".

I disagree.

Nothing incites panic like "I'm from the government, and there is nothing to worry about"

/second place goes to "we're also out of coffee".

27 Nov 2012 10:27 AM
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RedVentrue     

MindStalker: "Semi-autonomous weapon systems that are onboard or integrated with unmanned platforms must be designed such that, in the event of degraded or lost communications, the system does not autonomously select and engage individual targets or specific target groups that have not been previously selected by an authorised human operator"

Does this mean one could set it to Taliban and walk away?


Yes, but the AI is still not reliable yet.

Not going to stop them, however.

27 Nov 2012 10:33 AM
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olapbill     
I refuse to bow down to our oar driven overlords.

27 Nov 2012 10:40 AM
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JackieRabbit     
I need to know what the WOPR makes of this before I relax.

27 Nov 2012 10:46 AM
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Private_Citizen     
If communication is lost, the brown people have nothing to fear- as Kinect showed, they're harder for the computers to see.

/seriously, I'm more worried about the gamer raised on FPS games that will be controling the weapon platform.
Their motto: Shoot first, never answer questions.
Their slogan: Boom! Headshot!

27 Nov 2012 10:54 AM
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Gleeman     
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Right, it's all fun and games until some joker tries this.

27 Nov 2012 11:17 AM
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Agent Smiths Laugh     
This:

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i.dailymail.co.uk

is looking closer and closer to this:

media.bestofmicro.com

images2.wikia.nocookie.net

27 Nov 2012 11:31 AM
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UNAUTHORIZED FINGER     

olapbill: I refuse to bow down to our oar driven overlords.


Link :)

27 Nov 2012 11:44 AM
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Clemkadidlefark     
caffeinatedthoughts.com

27 Nov 2012 11:45 AM
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ObscureNameHere     
A lot will depend on whether or not the computers program each other or if the humans do it...

[ TARGET ACQUIRED... CALCULATING VECTORS.. ARMING MIS----]

**** An Exception Error has occured in kernel Vxd3030134 and Windows needs to close ****

27 Nov 2012 11:50 AM
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Heraclitus     
The first thing you do is install the off switch.

Havent we all watched enough Star Trek to get this?

27 Nov 2012 12:37 PM
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socoloco     
Well that is comforting! Was worried there for a while.

Anyhow the Unmanned Systems Cacus in had a technology fair in September. I missed it, but they posted a few pictures on Flickr.

Remember, indiscriminate killing of people in large numbers saves lives.   

Drones are simply tools!

27 Nov 2012 12:39 PM
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UNAUTHORIZED FINGER     

Heraclitus: The first thing you do is install the off switch.

Havent we all watched enough Star Trek to get this?


"The only controls available to those on board were two push-buttons on the center post of the cabin --one labeled on and one labeled off. The on button simply started a flight from Mars. The off button was connected to nothing. It was installed at the insistence of Martian mental-health experts, who said that human beings were always happier with machinery they thought they could turn off."

-Kurt Vonnegut
The Sirens of Titan

27 Nov 2012 12:50 PM
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SirEattonHogg     
And Isaac Asimov wept....

27 Nov 2012 12:54 PM
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Nuclear Monk     
The U.S. military has made clear that any future robot weapons systems will always need manual authorisation before opening fire on human targets.
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*Which will inevitably be skipped due to the large "Set Current Settings as Default" button that users will use as a shortcut following their first mission.

27 Nov 2012 12:56 PM
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Deep Contact     

Heraclitus: The first thing you do is install the off switch.

Havent we all watched enough Star Trek to get this?


Never cut the blue wire.

27 Nov 2012 02:01 PM
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Doc Batarang     
When killer robots are outlawed, only outlaws will have killer robots?

27 Nov 2012 02:42 PM
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Oldiron_79     
You have 20 seconds to comply

27 Nov 2012 03:32 PM
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Fark Rye For Many Whores     

Heraclitus: The first thing you do is install the off switch.

Havent we all watched enough Star Trek to get this?


i.qkme.me

27 Nov 2012 03:43 PM
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Disgruntled Goat     
So was, the headline, in english, or just really horribly, written?

27 Nov 2012 04:06 PM
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generallyso     
Better to ban it now than when someone has a billion dollar contract to build the damn things.

27 Nov 2012 07:03 PM
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