As a cartoonist you might go through a phase where you use a lot of computer tricks to construct your comic pages. You’ll think it makes your work look more professional. You’ll be excited that you can use things like a motion blur tool in a panel. You’ll think “my handwriting sucks. I better use…
“Even if robot warriors can keep American lives out of danger, can they be trusted with the complicated combat decisions now left to human judgment?
Rep. Jim McGovern thinks not. The Massachusetts Democrat is part of a crusade for an international ban on killer robots—machines that can decide without human input whom to target and when to use force. The only way to stop killer robots, said McGovern and a series of panelists he assembled for a Capitol Hill briefing this week, is to ban them before they even exist. Much like drones, once someone gets a killer robot, it’s only a matter of time before everyone else is racing to catch up. And despite some countries’ commitment to evaluating the technology responsibly, good intentions never won an arms race.
[…][C]oncerns include the possibility of malicious hackers taking over a robot army. And then there’s the possibility of a “flash war” starting over a mistake. If one robot malfunctions and fires, robots on the other side could return fire automatically, starting a conflict at the speed of circuitry before a human could intervene.
Despite all these concerns, robot advocates say the rush to ban the technology outright is ill-conceived. While preaching caution on development, they also say it’s important to test the systems’ limits before crafting policy. They fear a ban based on imaginations of an android toting a machine gun could interfere with lifesaving technologies like rapid-response air-defense missiles.”—