Friday, October 24, 2008

Packs of robots will hunt down uncooperative humans

warning: lots of ketchup in this vid:

The Reliability of ED209, omg it killed Kenny!

The Enforcement Droid, a good example of why to dedroidify on all levels... "I'm sure it's only a glitch." said that dick. I like this version better.

"Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal."
Albert Einstein

Packs of robots will hunt down uncooperative humans

The latest request from the Pentagon jars the senses. At least, it did mine. They are looking for contractors to provide a "Multi-Robot Pursuit System" that will let packs of robots "search for and detect a non-cooperative human".

One thing that really bugs defence chiefs is having their troops diverted from other duties to control robots. So having a pack of them controlled by one person makes logistical sense. But I'm concerned about where this technology will end up.

Steve Wright of Leeds Metropolitan University is an expert on police and military technologies, and last year correctly predicted this pack-hunting mode of operation would happen. "The giveaway here is the phrase 'a non-cooperative human subject'," he told me:
"What we have here are the beginnings of something designed to enable robots to hunt down humans like a pack of dogs. Once the software is perfected we can reasonably anticipate that they will become autonomous and become armed.

We can also expect such systems to be equipped with human detection and tracking devices including sensors which detect human breath and the radio waves associated with a human heart beat. These are technologies already developed."
Read on.

Thanks Cause without a Rebel.

2 comments:

JJ said...

"He had a gun... You all saw him."

I love technology but what I don't like is technological imperialism. Without that distinction I have in the past thought various many hard problems in the world as technological problems only without giving any concern to any other possible courses of action or consideration (or, whether the solution can work at all). Technology really is a hammer that makes everything seem like a nail.

I'd say it comes down to determining what is efficient technology. The definition of 'efficient' currently leaves lot to be hoped for in terms of rights and environment. What might seem the most direct path to a tech imp isn't because it leaves out all the juicy bits.

dedroidify said...

Hey buddy!!! ... Pick up the gun ;p