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Robot War Debated

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Some scientists do take the inevitable robot uprising seriously and P.W. Singer appears to be one of them.  He has written the book Wired for War/ The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the Twenty-first Century published by Penguin Press.

The article I just read about this states:

Singer quotes Vernon Vinge, mathematician, computer scientist and science fiction writer, as predicting more than 15 years ago: “Within the next 30 years, we will have the technological means to create superhuman intelligence. Shortly thereafter, the human era will be ended.”

That is chilling to say the least.  What is even more chilling, in my opinion, is the fact that the company IRobot which got its name from Asimov’s book, believes that there won’t be a conflict with the robots in the future because humans and robots will have merged into one.

sfgate.com 2/11/2009 Scientists Debate Robot War

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Written by luminousx

February 11, 2009 at 2:54 pm

The Ethics of Using Robots

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I’ve been noticing more conversation about robot ethics, this time about whether it is ethical to use robots.  Should we use robots for childcare?  When is an operation too difficult to rely upon a robot?

Discover Magazine 12/19/2008 What Are the Repercussion of Hiring a Robot to Care for Granny?

Written by geekmom99

December 19, 2008 at 10:31 am

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Readers Respond to Ethical Warbots

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The New York Times version of the Ethics of Programming Robots for War, received a couple interesting responses.  One mentioning the first ethical system for robots as presented by Isaac Asimov, the Laws of Robotics, and the second highlighting the fact that programming robots for war adds a layer in the war process that removes the people programming the robots from the actual carnage the robots are programmed to cause.   I thought both were fascinating opinions and worthy of discussion.

The New York Times 12/3/2008 Robot Warfighters

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December 2, 2008 at 8:51 am

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The Ethics of Programming Robots for War

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Can robots be programmed to follow the Geneva Convention?  Now that drones are being programmed to make inflight combat decisions on whether to launch an attack or not.  Autonomous lethal force in combat situations needs ethical guidance.  Can a robot tell the difference between a frightened child with a toy gun and a soldier with a real one?  Will a robot use lethal force to protect itself?

The Takeaway 11/25/2008 Lethal autonomous systems: The ethics of programming robots for war

This is a topic ripe for debate.

Written by geekmom99

November 25, 2008 at 3:48 pm