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News The Terminator Arrives Earlier than Expected

  1. Oct 21, 2016 #1

    anorlunda

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    http://www.yenisafak.com/en/news/tu...-shooting-gun-towers-at-syrian-border-2473487

    That news is horrifying. I hope it's not true.

    I never doubted that killing machines would arrive some day. Think of the Terminator movies. But I expected that it would not be in my lifetime. I was wrong. If that news article is true, they go into operation soon.

    How long after this until the USA provides solar-powered autonomous drones with a photo database of the faces of all people on the POTUS kill list and sets them loose on the world?

    Liberals promised that we would hold global debates over the ethics of such things before they were actually deployed. Wrong again.

    Since the technology needed to do it is so commonplace, 200+ countries in the world can unilaterally decide to do it. Criminal sponsored terminators wont be far behind.

    Is there any chance of blocking these things globally?
     
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  3. Oct 21, 2016 #2

    russ_watters

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    How is this fundamentally different from a 40 year old CIWS system? The entire purpose of the system is to automatically engage and destroy any target it detects within certain parameters such as location, heading and speed.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phalanx_CIWS

    Tomahawk cruise missiles have also used photographs (of terrain, but still) for terminal guidance for 30 years:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TERCOM#DSMAC
     
  4. Oct 21, 2016 #3

    anorlunda

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    Turkey's guns target civilians. Innocent civilians in the opinion of many.

    Tomahawk targets are programmed in by people. They do not decide autonomously to select targets and launch themselves.
     
  5. Oct 21, 2016 #4

    anorlunda

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  6. Oct 21, 2016 #5
    They are called sentry guns, korea and israel had them for a long time now.
     
  7. Oct 21, 2016 #6

    mheslep

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    There's no such "civilian" indication in your link. If this system is truly autonomous, it's going to track anything of reasonable size that moves, to include people and goats, very much like the effect of a minefield, without the risk of leaving unremoved mines years later.
     
  8. Oct 21, 2016 #7

    mheslep

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    Or Claymores
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/M18_Claymore_mine

    A time bomb is automated and lethal. They even occasionally turn on their more careless makers, like the fiction bots. If there's alarm, must come from some other feature or intention.
     
  9. Oct 21, 2016 #8

    anorlunda

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    Oh well, I guess I overreacted because of revulsion.
     
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