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Killer drones are about to be reality

Discussion in 'Science & Technology' started by PLC1, Apr 14, 2018.

  1. PLC1

    PLC1 Moderator Staff Member

    Apr 20, 2007
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    The Golden State

    Sounds like the pilot needed an off switch.

    Reminds me of the computer in 2o01, A Space Odyssey that took over the space craft.

    It's also a bit like a feature on my new car, that keeps it in the center of the lane. If I start to wander too close to the line, it automatically steers the car back to the center. That's all well and good until there is a vehicle, usually a semi, hugging the line and the dumb thing doesn't want me to move over and give it room. Lucky for me, I do have an off switch.

    It also has what's called "adaptive cruise control." If I have the cruise set, it will slow the car when traffic ahead slows. It will stop if the car ahead stops. If I have enough faith in the machine, which is rare, I don't have to do a thing. Problem is, the computer doesn't recognize when the 'object" ahead that is stopped is not a car. It tried to stop for a big sheet of plastic that had become airborne in the middle of the freeway, really a good way to get run over. Fortunately for me, I have an off switch.
    Now, if I'm going to send an AI drone to kill someone I've decided needs to be killed, I can't give that person an off switch.
    Last edited: Apr 18, 2018

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