PLAYING DARPA: SHOOT TO KILL ROBOTS, AND FIRST CONTACT PROTOCOLSSeptember 21, 2012
I hope this one grabs you like it really grabbed me, when it was first sent to me by a friend of mine in the U.K., Mr. D.W.... read this one carefully folks, and see if the same thing leaps off the page at you, as it does me:
The boundless amorality and bottomless insanity gripping DARPA - and remember, this is what we know about - seems to know no limits, and indeed, I blogged just a few days ago about a phenomenon that, in our private discussions while writingTranshumanism: A Grimoire of Alchemical Agendas, Dr de Hart and I could only qualify as the militarization of transhumanism. And now we have killer robots...
But now I hope you're catching the implication of all that I've been writing the past few days about the growing efforts to corporatize manned space exploration, and the inevitable collateralization of our celestial neighbors that this will bring, and with it, the inevitable militarization of space, for now we discover what I contend is another piece of the technological capabilities being developed for precisely this purpose, for you'll note in this article the participation of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in this research and development.
Now we must speculate, but I hope, to a purpose.
A few days ago when blogging about this militarization of transhumanism and the programmable drones and robots that are inevitably going to become as regular a part of human life as the computers on our desktops now, I raised the specter of the possibility of programming robots in such a way as to "profile" intended targets, based upon age, genetic makeup, or some other parameter. Suppose, now, these same robots are being intended for advanced space exploration and "decision-making...." What if such robots would encounter an extraterrestrial being whose DNA did not match the parameters programmed?
Would this entity then be considered a target? or not? Could we find ourselves, inadvertently, in a war with such entities because of a programming error?
Or worse... are these robots being developed because they are already needed off this world? As this article suggests: "A force of robotic “peacekeepers” that are programed to become violent without remorse – will enable the government to organize and act where human law enforcement and/or trained soldiers may hesitate." Indeed, and one wonders why such robots are being developed by NASA... it does raise questions, and implications, and none of them, in my opinion, are terribly good...
See you on the flip side.