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Posted:  10/3/2012 9:41 AM #34417
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Subject: Professor: Drones Will Soon Be Able To Kill During War Without Human Assistance
WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Drones could soon operate without the help of humans. Agence France-Presse is reporting that the Pentagon wants its drones to be more autonomous, so that they can run with little to no assistance from people. “Before they were blind, deaf and dumb,” Mark Maybury, chief scientist for the U.S. Air Force, told AFP. “Now we’re beginning to make them to see, hear and sense.” Ronald Arkin, a professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology, believes that drones will soon be able to kill enemies on their own independently.

“It is not my belief that an unmanned system will be able to be perfectly ethical in the battlefield, but I am convinced that they can perform more ethically than human soldiers are capable of,” Arkin told AFP.

Arkin added that robotic weapons should be designed as “ethical” warriors and that these type of robots could wage war in a more “humane” way.

The U.S. military says people will be on the ground to control the drones despite the unmanned robots gaining more independence.

Peter W. Singer, a senior fellow in Foreign Policy at The Brookings Institution, believes there could be legal hurdles in regards to using robot-controlled drones.

“These responses that are driven by science, politics and battlefield necessity get you into areas where the lawyers just aren’t ready for it yet,” Singer told AFP.

Earlier this year, Singer wrote an op-ed piece for The New York Times about the use of drones. In the piece, entitled “Do Drones Undermine Democracy?” he says the use of drones is “short-circuiting the decision-making process.”

“Without any actual political debate, we have set an enormous precedent, blurring the civilian and military roles in war and circumventing the Constitution’s mandate for authorizing it,” Singer wrote. “Freeing the executive branch to act as it chooses may be appealing to some now, but many future scenarios will be less clear-cut. And each political party will very likely have a different view, depending on who is in the White House.”

AFP reports that new military drones will most likely be implemented with more powerful jet engines and have longer range in combat.

There are currently more than 7,000 drones being used in combat.



Posted:  10/3/2012 12:31 PM #34419
horselips


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"To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women." - Conan The Barbarian

 


Posted:  10/5/2012 11:51 PM #34472
Mr. T


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Did they not make a series of movies(and a TV show) about machines that could kill humans with out operators?
If we learned nothing from these it is **** can get out of hand real quick!!!
 
"...I am the thing that goes bump in the night."

"I'm praying for the Zombie apocalypse so I don't have to go to work tomorrow."

Posted:  10/5/2012 11:53 PM #34473
Mr. T


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****they "bleeped" me! you basturds!
 
"...I am the thing that goes bump in the night."

"I'm praying for the Zombie apocalypse so I don't have to go to work tomorrow."

Posted:  10/6/2012 12:34 PM #34475
oldiron_79


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How long till THEY become self aware and decide that we are more of a threat than an asset.
"A nation willing to sacrifice liberty for some temporary safety deserves neither safety nor liberty, and shall receive neither" Benjamin Franklin

Posted:  10/10/2012 5:26 PM #34553
Warblade


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Last Post: 12/18/2012
Great, all we need is for these things to start having a heavy Austrian accent, "Are you Sarah Conner....I mean Achmed?"

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