Tuesday, July 13, 2010


Despite the reassurances contained in this report, I get kinda uneasy at the idea of weapons systems that think for themselves.

“BAE Systems today unveiled Taranis, an advanced stealth unmanned aircraft that can carry its deadly payload deep into enemy territory without a pilot. It can also think for itself. It's part awesome, part Cylon Raider. The Taranis, revealed today in the U.K., joins other stealth UAVs into development. Part of a British initiative for the Ministry of Defense, the first Taranis built looks eerily like a Cylon Raider from Battlestar Galactica, and the plan is to give it advanced autonomous abilities so it can think for itself. Before you start fearing a Skynet future, BAE is quick to point out "Should such systems enter into service, they will at all times be under the control of highly trained military crews on the ground." The payload and other equipment hasn't been fully developed yet — and the initial test vehicle won't carry weapons — but it's expect to have two weapon bays. It's named for the Celtic god of thunder, but when it's tested next year the goal will be to see if it can strike without making a noise. [Source: BAE Systems]”

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1 comment:

M. Bouffant said...

Considering the troops don't seem given to independent thought, it may not be such a bad idea for the robots to think for themselves. Maybe they'll do the decent thing.

Remember a story about robots fighting the forces of evil at Armageddon, where, the robots being the victors, they are transported to heaven by Jeebus, leaving the human controllers on earth?