A dangerous possibility.
A top U.S. General warned lawmakers at a Senate committee not to equip the military with autonomous weapons because of the risk they could go rogue.
Air Force Gen. Paul Selva responded to a question posed at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Tuesday that dealt with a Defense Department directive that requires humans to make the decision when it comes to taking lives, according to The Hill.
Selva said the U.S. military should keep “the ethical rules of war in place lest we unleash on humanity a set of robots that we don’t know how to control.”
“I don’t think it’s reasonable for us to put robots in charge of whether or not we take a human life,” Selva told the committee.
When asked about our enemies who may not consider the same ethical rules, Selva reiterated that America should always “take our values to war,” pointing out the danger of fitting military hardware with autonomous weaponry.
“There will be a raucous debate in the department about whether or not we take humans out of the decision to take lethal action,” the general said.
Selva also said that just because the military wouldn’t use that kind of technology doesn’t mean it would not research how to defend against it.
It “doesn’t mean that we don’t have to address the development of those kinds of technologies and potentially find their vulnerabilities and exploit those vulnerabilities,” Selva said.
We are on the cusp of dramatic changes to how wars will be fought with the rapid advancement of technology.
The use of drones is already proving these changes are coming.
Add to that the notion that robots cannot be reasoned with, and the general’s warning becomes a dire one.
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