Sunday, April 13, 2008

Haven't we learnt anything?

There are a number of cautionary tales that have been written about the dangers of robots. The Matrix, I, Robot, Terminator, Battlestar Galactica, The Golem, Blade Runner, Robocop, and many more. Robots are dangerous. Robots are unpredictable. Robots are sneaky. Robots do things we never expect them to do.

So why would anyone think making a robot with a machine gun is a good idea?

Especially when said robot decides to start pointing the machine gun at people it shouldn't be pointing it's machine gun at. Fortunately, it didn't actually fire at anyone.

Seriously though, weapons are a serious matter. They should always be under the control of a sensible, reliable, properly trained human being (or other sentient being who matches those qualifications). No one should be making devices of any sort that fires without the active intervention of a human being. This sort of device is a dangerous idea that is rightly being shelved.

Writing time: 50 minutes (I got distracted)
Time since last post: 14 hours
Current media: BSG 2x04

3 comments:

Chris_the_Blogger said...

So why would anyone think making a robot with a machine gun is a good idea?

Are you even hearing yourself? That is the absolute fucking coolest thing ever!

Tinos said...

What about remotely controlled robots with machine guns?

Esonlinji said...

The thing I'm concerned about is that it should be a person pulling the trigger. A remote control robot is OK by me if it's a human controlling it.