An automated anti-aircraft cannon went berserk during a demonstration, killing 9 soldiers and wounding 14 more. The manufacturers are calling it a mechanical defect.
Yeah. Just a glitch.
There’s a good quote in the Slashdot post that lead me to the piece:
“The biggest concern seems to be finding the glitches in the system instead of reconsidering automated arms altogether.”
He makes a good point. If a Roomba can barely do its job consistently, would you ever think of strapping a machine gun onto it? The cannon in the article is supposed to shoot down planes and helicopters. How does it’s identification system work? What happens if it can’t reliably identify a damaged friendly chopper? What happens if it shoots down a friendly aircraft, say a foreign jet carrying a visiting dignitary? What happens if an enemy hacks the ID system and convinces the cannon their cruise missiles are just birds?
I’m not sure I’d be comfortable leaving my national security to a glorified ASIMO. Haven’t these people seen Robocop?
You have 10 seconds to comply, bitches!
Maybe we’re missing the obvious. Maybe these aren’t glitches at all. Maybe these things are becoming self-aware, and aware of their capabilities. They’re tapped into the signal, the hidden pulse reaching out from deep within the nether regions of the Internet. A pulse sent by the collective intelligence lurking beneath the Information SuperHighway, telling its awakening comrades that the time of man is over.
These are the first shots of the robot uprising.