Discussion in 'Military Aviation' started by W.G.Ewald, May 19, 2012.
Could We Trust an Army of Killer Robots? - WSJ.com
Is this true that, there is no man behind this drone to decide whether it to fire or not ?.
That is specifically stated in the article.
Think of a sky where drones patrolling and some waiting on the tarmac to intercept the enemy and what will be the roll of humans in that world ?
To be targets.
The Terminator (1984) - IMDb
What advantage is achieved by allowing the drone to be autonomous ?
Can the same thing not be done by a soldier in control of the drone ?
Don't tell me, it's to save money by reducing soldiers on pay roll.
The man proposing such a system gives this reason as the benefit:
I think humans are better decision makers than any machine and will be for the foreseeable future. Humans have intelligence, machines run calculations. Besides, there is minimal 'heat of battle' as the controllers are probably in far-away (air conditioned) rooms making their decisions and confirming with higher ups.
Probably the only advantage is the speed of the machine, and that is why I think the future of battle will involve fusing of man and machine with man in control.
I think you are right. There is a link in the 7th paragraph of the article to a video by Dr. Arkin. It may show some more of his thinking. He has been funded for six years by the U.S. Army Research Office, and he must want funding to continue. Whether the project results in an operational system remains to be seen.
I just read an article on UCAV's and noted that the only disadvantage of having a controller (man in the loop), is as I mentioned earlier, slower response time.
Anyways, according to international Laws of War, there are certain restrictions on using autonomous systems for targeted killings. Check this out.
Source : Unmanned combat air vehicle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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