As you may know, I love reading science fiction books and watching science fiction films. I would love to live to see some of the technologies that are portrayed ("pass me my anti-gravity undershorts"), while others I could well live without...
Take, for example, the Terminator series of films starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, and friends. The underlying story is that – sometime in the not-so-distant future – an artificially intelligent military computer network called Skynet decides that its purpose is to completely annihilate humanity.
To this end, Skynet develops a series of ever-more sophisticated cyborg assassins called Terminators, some of which it sends back to the present day to assassinate John Conner who, if he survives, will become the future head of the human resistance movement.
All somewhat far-fetched, you might suppose ... but is it really? A recent report funded by and prepared for the US Navy's Office of Naval Research doesn't think so. As described in an article in The Times, this report envisages a time in the relatively-near-term future in which artificially intelligent combat robots are smart enough to make autonomous decisions on the battlefield.
The solution, according to this report, is to teach the robots a sort of "Warrior Code" (along the lines of "don't shoot someone if they are waving a white flag and are unarmed").
May I be so bold as to suggest another solution ... which would be DON'T BUILD THE #$%^*@ THINGS in the first place!!!
2009 New Year Resolution (Goal: Walk 1000 miles at ~3 miles a day)
[A=Actual, C=Current, P=Plan-to-Date, R=Remaining, T=Total]
|Days:|| T=365, C=55, R=310|
|Miles:|| T=1000, P=165.00, A=198.67, Δ=+33.67, R=801.33|
|Note:|| Only one-and-a-bit miles to the 200-mile marker...|
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