How the hell are the robots firing on their own?? I read about another type of robot called SWORDS, which were deployed in Iraq.
"Fahey’s answer was vague, but he confirmed that the robots never opened fire when they weren’t supposed to. His understanding is that “the gun started moving when it was not intended to move.” In other words, the SWORDS swung around in the wrong direction, and the plug got pulled fast. No humans were hurt, but as Fahey pointed out, “once you’ve done something that’s really bad, it can take 10 or 20 years to try it again.”"
"There were three cases of uncommanded movements, but all three were prior to the 2006 safety certification, she says. “One case involved a loose wire. So, now there is now redundant wiring on every circuit. One involved a solder, a connection that broke. everything now is double-soldered.” The third case was a test were the robot was put on a 45 degree hill and left to run for two and a half hours. “When the motor started to overheat, the robot shut the motor off, that caused the robot to slide back down the incline,” she says. “Those are the three uncommanded movements.”"
It seems like if anything goes wrong, the SWORDS start to target non-enemies. Loose wire, target friendlies. Solder connection broken, target friendlies. What happens when robots like these are involved in combat and take significant damage? It doesn't take much to turn them hostile to everyone.
People are afraid robots would attack humans if AI advanced far enough that the robots became self-aware. Looks like they don't have to be self-aware in order for them to target friendly humans. As warfare becomes more robotic, expect more fuck ups building them.
I wouldn't worry about it, It probably runs on windows. We got way more shit to figure out, like cancer, getting off fossil fuels and how to get along with others in the world. Im sure as soon as investors and money is brought into the company, im sure the inventors will murder each other. I think the thing to be scared of is Google trying to take over the world. Google is trying to increase internet bandwidth with their Google branded internet service as well as getting internet service to places that can't receive broadband. Not to mention they're in the phone business and trying to get into providing television....