Thursday, April 21, 2011


Yes, my friends, it’s the Dark Side of the Singularity. If the Ministry of Defence are worried, so am I.

“The growing use of unmanned aircraft in combat situations raises huge moral and legal issues, and threatens to make war more likely as armed robots take over from human beings, according to an internal study by the Ministry of Defence. The report warns of the dangers of an "incremental and involuntary journey towards a Terminator-like reality", referring to James Cameron's 1984 movie, in which humans are hunted by robotic killing machines. It says the pace of technological development is accelerating at such a rate that Britain must quickly establish a policy on what will constitute "acceptable machine behaviour"."It is essential that before unmanned systems become ubiquitous (if it is not already too late) … we ensure that, by removing some of the horror, or at least keeping it at a distance, we do not risk losing our controlling humanity and make war more likely," warns the report, titled The UK Approach to Unmanned Aircraft Systems. MoD officials have never before grappled so frankly with the ethics of the use of drones. The report was ordered by Britain's defence chiefs, and coincides with continuing controversy about drones' use in Afghanistan, and growing Pakistani anger at CIA drone attacks against suspected insurgents on the Afghan borders.” (Click here for more)

Click here for an alternate take of Memo from Turner

The secret word is Davros

Elisabeth Sladen – RIP


maximum bob said...

THANK YOU for the amazing Memo to Turner link...brought back a flood of memories.
Performance was one of my favorite flicks back in the day.
God, the nostalgia is sometimes

Maggie M'Gill said...

Re: the Killer Robots:

Anonymous said...

Butlerian Jihad!!

Diamond Jim said...

"Thou shalt not make a machine in the likeness of a human mind." (But who would want to?)

Aleleeinn said...

"What if they gave a war and nobody came?"--Business as usual. The good news for the contractors anyway, is the price of a war will only increase.
The link is to the poem which was the real source of the poem. Not the '60s slogan I remembered.

Aleleeinn said...

So much for the laws of robotics.

Hurbert had some interesting takes on war.