View Poll Results: What is the correct "use of weapons"?

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  • Use robots only for surveilance / intelligence.

    2 22.22%
  • We should make use of all weapons available (unrestricted use)

    2 22.22%
  • Robots and Human battles should be kept separated

    0 0%
  • We should exclude Humans from battles ( let the robots decide who wins ).

    5 55.56%
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Thread: Drones and warfare : The correct use of weapons.

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    Question Drones and warfare : The correct use of weapons.

    http://www.popsci.com/technology/art...-killer-robots

    Robots and drones are becoming more pervasive in our current world.

    Currently drones are only being used for surveilance. But this can change very quickly. In the near future we could have wars between armies composed of humans (cannon fodder) and drones.
    What's your opinion?
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    I read a SF story a while back where all conflicts (large & small) were decided by computers (not actual battling Robots), can't recall what the story was called or who it was by.

    Seems a good idea to me (well as long as it didn't get to silly).
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    I'm not sure where you got the idea that drones were only being used for surveillance. Both Predator and the Reaper drones are also used in a hunter-killer role. In fact, the Reaper is the first drone specifically designed for that job.

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    As someone working in AI research I am looking forward to a future holding many interesting career opportunities.

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    Yes , my mistake.
    Flight is autonomous, but weapons are actually operated by ground crew.
    I do not find it unlikeley that in a near future ( e.g 20 years ) they could be fully autonomous.
    Same could happen with the rest of the equipment ( tanks, artillery , carriers , helicopters ).
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    My view is that the decision to kill a human should be taken by a human, but all forms of intellegence (including Drone surveilance) should be used to inform those decisions. Let robots decide which robots to kill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coral Beach View Post
    As someone working in AI research I am looking forward to a future holding many interesting career opportunities.
    Ahhh, so can you give us a heads up on the future of the technology?
    "Just have fun"

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    Nah, I should have added some smiley there. The stuff I'm working on is rather of the pure basic research type, ivory tower science of logical reasoning. I don't really see this being put into any actual nuts and bolts Terminator any time soon, unless the military wants a Terminator that sits around and ponders mathematical theorems for three weeks in a row.

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    Logical reasoning and I have often fought…
    it’s an endless war of attrition Coral Beach, skirmish, posturing, full blown conflict, mean off-the-cuff comments concerning one another’s linage, marginal issues developing into fundamental principles…
    one day Logical reasoning, one day…
    Outside Context Problem (OCP), the kind of problem "most civilisations would encounter just once, and which they tended to encounter rather in the same way a sentence encountered a full stop."

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    "unless the military wants a Terminator that sits around and ponders mathematical theorems for three weeks in a row." Can it blow something up or kill it?

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