autonomous killing machines

Christopher Csikszentmihalyi

Engineering Politics

What killer robots say about the state of social activism.

Illustrations by: Justin Gabbard
Words by: Christopher Csikszentmihalyi

“Among the many changes in U.S. policy after 9/11 was one that went unnoticed by everyone except a few geeks: The military quietly reversed its longstanding position on the role of robots in battlefields, and now embraces the idea of autonomous killing machines. There was no outcry from the academics who study robotics—indeed, with few exceptions they lined up to help, developing new technologies for intelligent navigation, locomotion, and coordination. At my own institute, an enormous space is being out-fitted to coordinate robotic flying, swimming, and marching units in preparation for some future Normandy.

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“Why aren’t scientists warning the public about robots?”

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(full article)

Source: Good Magazine

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Newcomb’s Commentary: “The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.” Niccolo Machiavelli
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