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Mon Sep 23, 2013, 05:59 PM

 

Robot Warriors

Apparently, autonomous kill vehicles are on the Pentagon's plate. The pros and cons of this are, from a military perspective, many. What I noticed from the attached link to an article in the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, was a very informative piece that addressed important ethical issues regarding robo war but which fails to address mundane matters of command and control.

A robot army would need a much smaller command and control structure to operate. Far fewer human personnel would be required in such a military. That translates into reduced personnel costs that can be diverted to technological development. It would also vastly increase the power and reduce the numbers of those able to wage war.

Robo soldiers would always follow their programed orders without ethical or emotional considerations. Such an armed force could be used against any foe foreign or domestic without fear of dissension or mutiny within the ranks by those controlling the political decisions and the technology.

An oft repeated concern over our professional military is that only a small fraction of the populace is directly affected by the waging of war. Robo soldiers would greater reduce even that fraction.

http://thebulletin.org/us-killer-robot-policy-full-speed-ahead

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Response to sulphurdunn (Original post)

Mon Sep 23, 2013, 06:17 PM

1. Adam Savage (Mythbusters) and Blendo on Robot Wars.

Blendo (Wiki).

It first competed in the second Robot Wars competition in San Francisco (1995). After two fights (against robots Namreko and DoMore) it was deemed too hazardous to compete by the event supervisors and the insurance company after throwing pieces of its opponents over the arena walls. It was given co-champion status in exchange for withdrawing from the competition.[2] Blendo returned in the fourth Robot Wars competition in San Francisco (1997), after the height of the arena walls had been increased to prevent debris from reaching the audience. In this competition, Blendo again fought two robots (Hercules and Punjar), and quickly defeated both. After causing damage to the arena walls in both matches Blendo was again asked to withdraw in exchange for co-champion status.


Here it is in action (from 1995):


Just thought some would like this.

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Response to longship (Reply #1)

Mon Sep 23, 2013, 06:25 PM

2. It's a damn good thing

 

they weren't armed with high explosives. Maybe next time.

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Response to sulphurdunn (Original post)

Mon Sep 23, 2013, 06:41 PM

3. "any foe foreign or domestic without fear of dissension"

You have 20 seconds to comply.



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