With the upcoming release of the new "Terminator" movie, I thought I would share some thoughts I had on a topic that had come to my attention recently: Autonomous Lethal Robots.
Now I don't mean to alarm anyone, but Google (you know, the company known for letting creativity fly and not restraining development);
1. Owns a company that has created some “spectacular and terrifying robots” !
2. Has one of the most developed “AI and Machine learning” research areas, and
3. Was just awarded a patent(!) for “allocating tasks to a plurality of robotic devices”….in other words, the ability to create a network to control a robot army!
Oh yeah, there is also a company in Japan that builds robotic exoskeleton suits. That company is called Cyberdyne Systems. Yes, really. But that's OK, the suits are used for good, not evil. Supposedly.*
In all seriousness, Google is possibly not the biggest worry right now, but the technology is real.
So, should we be concerned? Should we "Campaign to Stop the Killer Robots?" (http://www.stopkillerrobots.org/)
Here is some further reading for those interested;
I am also keen to get time to read;
Governing Lethal Behavior in Autonomous Robots (2009) (Ronald C. Arkin, 2009)
*Note my comment regarding Cyberdyne Inc, 'supposedly using these suits for good not evil' is in jest only, and I am not wanting to take anything away from Cyberdyne, it looks like a great company, headed by a true visionary, Dr. Sankai (CEO) - a company that is making a real difference for people with mobility disabilities. Well done to Dr Sankai and the whole Cyberdyne team -- just one thing guys, can you please rename your office WiFi to something other than "Skynet"? Thanks.