U.S. Army Assures Public That Robot Tank System Adheres to AI Murder Policy

"Advanced Targeting and Lethality Automated System"

Fully autonomous American killing machines still aren't allowed to go around murdering people willy nilly. There are rules -- or policies, at least. And their robots will follow those policies.

Yes, the Defense Department is still building murderous robots. But those murderous robots must adhere to the department's "ethical standards."

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2 Responses:

  1. Grand Camel says:

    Chairman of Ethics Review Board: So how do you insure the murderbot adheres to our ethical policy?

    [with a devlish sardonic grin, I open my palm]

    Me: This USB drive has the latest PDF of your policies, which I insert here

    [inserts drive, bulb changes illumination from red to green under a panel "Ethics Scanned"]

    CERB: Solved! Well done, bravo!

    [entire board abruptly jumps out of their seats, applause roaring]

  2. margaret says:

    With a mix of glee and trepidation I am posting this. I think I may have found a bit of overlap in the jwz/Bill Gates Venn diagram.

    I'm about half-way through this book, "Army of None," he recommended about the current state and future direction of murder-bots. So far it's been a very interesting read.

    From gatesnotes:

    There are no easy answers here. But I agree with Scharre that we have to guard against becoming “seduced by the allure of machines—their speed, their seeming perfection, their cold precision.” And we should not leave it up to military planners or the people writing software to determine where to draw the proper lines. We need many experts and citizens across the globe to get involved in this important debate.

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