Concerns About Autonomous Killer Robots

Published by , April 2, 2018 12:11 pm

(VentureBeat) No robot uprising is expected anytime soon, but there are concerns for us as a society, a culture, and a species. The autonomous killer robots we imagine are so fearsome because (a) they’re autonomous, (b) they’re driven to kill, for some reason, and (c) they’re armed. Looking at these, in turn, allows us to isolate the true areas of concern and understand how we can work to head off our fears and dangers.
Autonomy in the sense of locomotion doesn’t quite get at what’s scary about the “autonomous killer robots” scenario. This is more about agency; the idea that the robot can have a beef with an individual human in the first place. A killer robot seems like an inevitability that we’re quickly racing toward because military robots already exist.