Automated Killing Machines

Yesterday, the Washington Post wrote the following article:

A future for drones: Automated killing

By , Published: September 20

One afternoon last fall at Fort Benning, Ga., two model-size planes took off, climbed to 800 and 1,000 feet, and began criss-crossing the military base in search of an orange, green and blue tarp.

The automated, unpiloted planes worked on their own, with no human guidance, no hand on any control.

After 20 minutes, one of the aircraft, carrying a computer that processed images from an onboard camera, zeroed in on the tarp and contacted the second plane, which flew nearby and used its own sensors to examine the colorful object. Then one of the aircraft signaled to an unmanned car on the ground so it could take a final, close-up look.

Read the rest of the article here

It’s just one more step in the progress for computers to make more and more life and death decisions. For instance, I posted this one: Image of the Beast.

We are handing more and more life and death power over to computers. If you read my other post on the subject, it will remind you of something.

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