Microsoft President: The Terminator Is Inevitable

I’m fairly sure this will end badly.

The Telegraph:

“The rise of killer robots is now unstoppable and a new digital Geneva Convention is essential to protect the world from the growing threat they pose, according to the President of the world’s biggest technology company.

In an interview with The Telegraph, Brad Smith, president of Microsoft, said the use of ‘lethal autonomous weapon systems’ poses a host of new ethical questions which need to be considered by governments as a matter of urgency.

He said the rapidly advancing technology, in which flying, swimming or walking drones can be equipped with lethal weapons systems – missiles, bombs or guns – which could be programmed to operate entirely or partially autonomously, “ultimately will spread… to many countries”.

The US, China, Israel, South Korea, Russia and the UK are all developing weapon systems with a significant degree of autonomy in the critical functions of selecting and attacking targets. …

Smith said killer robots must “not be allowed to decide on their own to engage in combat and who to kill” and argued that a new international convention needed to be drawn up to govern the use of the technology. …”

Looking ahead to the 2020s and 2030s, this is going to be the big new thing just as the roll out of the personal computer and cell phone was in the 1990s and the smartphone and social media was in the 2000s and 2010s. The Yang campaign is the first wake up call.

The real question though is less about the robot soldiers which will replace humans in militaries around the world than what happens to all the millions of people who will be displaced from the workforce by robot workers. As machines start producing more and more wealth and human labor becomes less and less necessary over time, how does the current system manage that?

Unfortunately, we’re not able to discuss the real issues and looming challenges of our time. This barely registers in mainstream political discourse. The politicians are discussing issues like “reparations for slavery” in 2019 around 150 years after the demise of slavery.

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      • I just hope Trump will buy Greenland and deport all of the white nationalists there (“please don’t throw us in that briar patch”) and we can rename it Whiteland. I am sure we can technologically tame it and turn it into the best state/nation/continent on the earth. And we could use a lot of “friendly” slave robots there. Just speculating.

  1. “Unfortunately, we’re not able to discuss the real issues and looming challenges of our time. This barely registers in mainstream political discourse.”

    This is because mainstream politicians are still stuck in the Twentieth Century.

    Even Bernie Sanders talks like it’s still the golden age of Union organising, labour disputes, and smoke stack industries. He’s completely oblivious to the facts of Automation and the fundamental deindustrialisation of the former United States.

    The worst part about the Boomers is that they’ve trained up protégés to replace them. These individuals have been thoroughly steeped in Twentieth Century thinking and political ideas. Which means they’ll be a real hindrance to the Twenty first Century ever happening here.

    Meanwhile, the rest of the World has moved on from the 20th Century, Leftism, Liberalism, Capitalism, and gunboat diplomacy.

  2. Tfw your fav movies of the 90’s Robocops Omni Consumer Products and Terminators skynet become real in the name of Google, unironically owned by jews.

  3. Anyone else notice that Japan was left out? The one country that is aggressively automating as much as their military as possible due their manpower shortage. How racist of the Telegraph /sarcasm

  4. Looking ahead to the 2020s and 2030s, this is going to be the big new thing just as the roll out of the personal computer and cell phone was in the 1990s and the smartphone and social media was in the 2000s and 2010s.

    If you’re right, that implies that they will intrude upon and reconfigure our lives imperceptibly slowly. The life patterns of the pre-internent/cellphone age are already a fading memory, and no one could really say, either of themselves or of society in general, precisely at what point everything changed.

    The real question though is less about the robot soldiers which will replace humans in militaries around the world than what happens to all the millions of people who will be displaced from the workforce by robot workers.

    I agree. A robotized military will not cause any more outcry than drone warfare has, remaining a subject of interest almost solely to professional ethicists. But a world in which robots can perform virtually all work functions better and cheaper than humans would have profound political implications.

  5. If Yang won in 2020, wouldn’t he be forced to stop payments to 1/2 the country because his controlling party would not allow the “white supremacists” who would be treated as non-citizens to receive any UBI money? This would be a economic shift to basically put the money in the hands of just the ultra liberals while at the same time keeping it away from the middle class and poor whites on the Right (rich whites on the Right don’t care).

    Every white who is not a Dem is a “white supremacist” according to the MSM and the Left.

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