Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Killer Robots And How To Protect Yourself

The United Nations has just held a conference to determine if killer robots violate the laws of war and should perhaps be banned.

The organization behind the anti-robot initiative is the Campaign To Stop Killer Robots. Among their supporters are Human Rights Watch and Code Pink--Left and Way Left of the political center.

I must confess I was unaware the technology behind killer robots had progressed to the point that the United Nations feels it must decide if android assassins should be banned.

The crucial issue seems to be that a killer robot "pulls the trigger" and decides for itself who should die without human assistance, while a killer drone, for example, kills by way of a remote pilot "pulling the trigger" for the drone. It seems arguable that a robot can never kill without human intervention, as its killer programming was created by a human. Who's to blame if a robot kills an innocent person? The incompetent programmer, obviously!

You can no more ban killer robots than you can keep guns out of the hands of criminals. They are marching forward and there is no stopping them.

I can provide much-needed assistance to the United Nations by listing those who should be prevented from acquiring and using killer robots:

  • The United Nations (reference: UN killer "peacekeepers")
  • Rogue regimes
  • Terrorists
  • Criminals

We need to keep the killer robots out of the hands of terrorists. ISIS is popular among the world's Muslims. Many thousands travel to places like Syria from all over the world to join. And millions more give them moral/financial support. Imagine ISIS with a million killer robots. Or Kim Jong-un with an army of android assassins.

Prominent actors on the world stage like to claim "global warming" is the biggest threat the world faces. Politics aside, no one knows what is the "biggest" threat to the world but we are aware of many of the contenders:

  • Terrorist groups such as ISIS and al Qaeda
  • Rogue regimes with nuclear bombs
  • Plagues/Viruses
  • Killer Asteroids possibly striking the earth (climate change indeed!)
  • An invasion by aliens from outer space
  • Incompetent politicians
  • Killer Ideologies (100M+ killed by 20th Century Socialism--Soviet, Mao, Nazi)

Killer robots didn't make the list but may be added within the next decade.

A Citizen's Guide To Protecting Yourself From Killer Robots

How can you protect yourself from a killer robot? You are an innocent person but perhaps you are in danger of assassination by a robot anyway. Here is some good advice (Keep this list in a handy place so you can refer to it when necessary):

  • Flee
  • Hide so the robot can't find you or even get at you
  • Hack/jam his programming so it is left unable to do anything 
  • Acquire your own robot bodyguard to protect you from killer robots (advice primarily for the wealthy) 
  • Shoot the robot with whatever will kill him--bullets, RPG, IED
  • Set a trap for the robot, perhaps a hidden pit, where he is caught and can't get out
  • Change your appearance so the robot doesn't recognize you

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