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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Military Killer Robots Create Moral Dilemma

Prophecy Sign:  Increased knowledge - Robotics

A robotic or drone army?  Sounds like something straight out of a Terminator movie.  But given the exponential advances in robotics, such an army is no longer the domain of science fiction writers but also of military strategists. Did the prophet Joel see something like this when he wrote the following prophecy?

At the sight of them, nations are in anguish; every face turns pale. They charge like warriors; they scale walls like soldiers. They all march in line, not swerving from their course. They do not jostle each other; each marches straight ahead. They plunge through defenses without breaking ranks. Joel 2:6-8 NIV

This prophecy has been interpreted to mean everything from a Christian army taking over the world, to a demonic army from the pits of hell.  Quite the opposite in extremes don't you think?  But given the destruction this army leaves in its wake, (read Joel 2 for the entire story), it must be something more to the sinister rather than the divine. 

Military Killer Robots Create Moral Dilemma
Imagine this futuristic scenario: a US-led coalition is closing in on Raqqa determined to eradicate Isis. The international forces unleash a deadly swarm of autonomous, flying robots that buzz around the city tracking down the enemy.  Using face recognition technology, the robots identify and kill top Isis commanders, decapitating the organisation. Dazed and demoralised, the Isis forces collapse with minimal loss of life to allied troops and civilians. Who would not think that a good use of technology? As it happens, quite a lot of people, including many experts in the field of artificial intelligence, who know most about the technology needed to develop such weapons.
Military Killer Robots Create Moral Dilemma

'Apocalypse' report warns killer robots, asteroids or global pandemics could wipe out humanity in the next five years

China Is Building a Robot Army of Model Workers
Despite the huge challenges, countless manufacturers in China are planning to transform their production processes using robotics and automation at an unprecedented scale. In some ways, they don’t really have a choice. Human labor in China is no longer as cheap as it once was, especially compared with labor in rival manufacturing hubs growing quickly in Asia. In Vietnam, Thailand, and Indonesia, factory wages can be less than a third of what they are in the urban centers of China. One solution, many manufacturers—and government officials—believe, is to replace human workers with machines.
https://www.technologyreview.com/s/601215/china-is-building-a-robot-army-of-model-workers/#/set/id/601326/

Robots with human vision on the horizon after scientists crack brain's 'Enigma code'
Scientists have cracked the brain's 'Enigma code' which could pave the way to create robots capable of human vision. The code, compared to the secret Nazi encryption machines in the Second World War, details exactly what the two regions of the brain communicate when processing visual images. Researchers hope the new discovery could lead to creating bots with the potential for human-like vision.

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