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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
  2. Wag more

    Wag more Well-Known Member

    Jul 14, 2017
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    There is an interesting new development called HPM for high power microwaves. A microwave generator with something resembling a parabolic dish is used to focus HPM at the drone. The microwaves penetrate the skin of the drone and fry the electronics sending it crashing to the ground.
    But if the explosives on board the drone are set to explode on impact they could still do some damage.
    I nuked a sweet potato this week. Interesting to think the same technology has military uses.
  3. Walter

    Walter Administrator Staff Member

    Dec 9, 2006
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    Heart of Europe
    Machine guns in WW1 needed a team. Bombs needed an aircraft with a crew. Drones now can search and kill humans by themselves. Pretty scary.

    Loitering UAV swarm:


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