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Friday, November 17, 2017

Perhaps the most nightmarish, dystopian film of 2017 didn't come from Hollywood. Autonomous weapons critics, led by a college professor, put together a horror show.
It's a seven-minute video, a collaboration between University of California-Berkeley professor Stuart Russell and the Future of Life Institute that shows a future in which palm-sized, autonomous drones use facial recognition technology and on-board explosives to commit untraceable massacres.
The film is the researchers' latest attempt to build support for a global ban on autonomous weapon systems, which kill without meaningful human control.




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That's what Kudzu is up too.... Knew it

#1 | Posted by PinkyanTheBrain at 2017-11-17 12:37 PM | Reply

And all this time I've been working on a giant robot. I can't believe I was so wrong on this....

#2 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-11-18 08:33 AM | Reply

#2 > That's because you watched "The Iron Giant" one too many times.:)

#3 | Posted by shane at 2017-11-18 01:33 PM | Reply

This story is actually quite chilling.

#4 | Posted by shane at 2017-11-18 01:46 PM | Reply

I'm sure the giant robot has it's place, but the swarm makes sense.

It also looks more terrifying. If they can get them down to golfball size, I can't see escaping swarms of thousands.

They'll probably explode when swatted at, or detonate when injured. terrifying.

#5 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2017-11-18 01:48 PM | Reply

It's cool one mini EMP and there on the ground.


#6 | Posted by PinkyanTheBrain at 2017-11-19 12:19 AM | Reply

Autonomous Weapon Systems www.lawfareblog.com

#7 | Posted by et_al at 2017-11-19 12:37 AM | Reply

That's what Kudzu is up too.... Knew it


the bad thing is that i COULD build one of these in my workshop. That also means that millions of other people could too.

The technology is not that complicated. The hard part would be creating a tiny explosive device, but a creative person could get around that with old-school technology.

#8 | Posted by kudzu at 2017-11-19 08:27 AM | Reply

And all this time I've been working on a giant robot. I can't believe I was so wrong on this....

Giant robots are awesome. They can punch our enemies and kick our enemies and hold us in their arms. I love them, and you should too.

They also simply do not work.

I've talked about the square-cube law before, but it basically says that as something grows in size, it becomes heavier faster than it becomes stronger, and will eventually not be able to support its own weight. Its why elephants have a different shape than horses, why insects can fall from any height, and why office buildings so rarely fight battles for us.

Even if you get "science" to invent some new super-strong metal -- "finewhateverium" -- you'll run across a bunch of other problems. Your cooling system doesn't scale up properly, or your robot's foot sinks several meters into the ground with each step, or its heart grows so large that it can't do anything but love. As much as you might want them to work, giant robots simply don't.
-Chris Bucholz

#9 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2017-11-19 09:13 AM | Reply

#9 Challenge accepted.

#10 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-11-19 09:27 AM | Reply

A needle in the eye from a tiny drone can be just as effective as a smash from a giant fist.

I know, a drone with a car antennae.

#11 | Posted by kudzu at 2017-11-19 06:17 PM | Reply | Funny: 1



If you go with this design sign me up! I'm want the right arm spot though.....

#8 tech already exist (captive bolt gun) just make it smaller with a co2 cartridge.

#12 | Posted by PinkyanTheBrain at 2017-11-20 12:36 AM | Reply

As chilling as this concept and availability of off-the-shelf DIY components is, the added danger is when there are swarms of autonomous units (aka "Hive-ing") that can function both independently and in coordinated groups. Just like killer bees, it will be essentially impossible to not get "stun". BTW, each drone could simply carry nothing more complicated than a poison/bacterial dart which would be a practically a 'weightless' payload.


#13 | Posted by TrueBlue at 2017-11-20 12:40 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

- a poison/bacterial dart which would be a practically a 'weightless' payload.

That's a good point. or as Bill Cosby calls them, 'disco biscuits'.

#14 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2017-11-20 11:45 AM | Reply

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