War machines, robotics and ethics

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  1. Exemplar

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    Discussion point this,

    The Three Laws of Robotics are:
    1) A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
    2) A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
    3) A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.

    So how does this work with the rise of (specifically US) machines which are capable of autonomy within the battlefield such as the newer series of drones etc.
     
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    Your Robot Laws are from "I, Robot". Last I knew, Hollywood doesn't dictate the rules of engagement for real life.

    Won't be long before Police Drones are patrolling above our streets anyway...
     
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    Maybe because the three laws you speak of only exist in the realms of science fiction. They were a set of rules devised by the science fiction author Isaac Asimov and thought to be first introduced in his 1942 short story "Runaround".
     
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    This is an interesting read.
     
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    Given that the "laws of robotics" are a fictional construct devised by Isaac Asimov for his science fiction stories, I think they are irrelevant to the current development of autonomous battlefield machines.

    I question whether human input, particularly in the decision to use fatal force, should ever, or will ever, be removed.

    Edit: Must type quicker
     
  6. Exemplar

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    ed 209?
     
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    Yes, as has been mentioned these 'laws' are from a Sci Fi book:D

    Phil
     
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    I'm working upstairs at the moment so I don't have anything to worry about from that.
     
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    One of my lecturers in my HND Aero Eng course was heavily involved in the development of one of these latest autonomous drones, he maintains that they are fully capable of 100% autonomy, ie; Deciding to take off and tackle a perceived threat anywhere within its range capacity all of its own accord when it choses.. scary stuff.
    Apparantly 'Big Dog' is actually erm 'rumoured' to be being used in operations and we will soon see swarms of micro attack drones on the battlefields of the future. :)

    Check out the 3 dimensional close formation flying abilities of these 'nano' quadrotor swarms- (Aprox 30 secs in)

    A Swarm of Nano Quadrotors
     
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