By looking at the world of technology today, it’s clear future wars will consist of robots on the battlefield and computer espionage. Many of us would rather not have such a future become reality, but it’s inevitable, really.
We’d wager that every sovereign country around the world realizes that having robots on the front-line could be an effective way of fighting instead of risking human soldiers, and it would seem as if South Korea is one of those countries.
A new report has claimed that a top South Korean university is working on killer robots for the forthcoming battles. Scientists fear these robots could “have the potential to be weapons of terror”.
The university in question is called KAIST, and if it manages to move forward, it could change the way wars are fought.
On with the Boycott
In a valiant attempt to make sure future wars are never fought with robots on the front line or in any area, Toby Walsh, a professor at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, prearranged the boycott with 49 other scholars.
He said that should these machines become a thing, then starting a war would take no time at all. Not only that, the scale of such war would increase, and that doesn’t bode well for humanity.
“If developed, autonomous weapons will … permit war to be fought faster and at a scale great than ever before.
“They will have the potential to be weapons of terror.”
In its defense, KAIST says it has “no intention to engage in development of lethal autonomous weapons systems and killer robots”.
President of the university, Sung-Chul Shin, says the team is very much aware of the ethical concerns regarding artificial intelligence. Still, there’s no word from Shin if there’s any plan to cease development any time soon.
The 49 researchers have argued that they’ll stop from visiting the university, and will even end cooperation along with refusing to host visitors from the campus. This boycott will go on until KAIST agrees to end the program.
Scientists had the following to say:
“They have the potential to be weapons of terror.
“Despots and terrorists could use them against innocent populations, removing any ethical restraints.
“This Pandora’s box will be hard to close if it is opened.”
Delaying the Inevitable
Unless world leaders find a way to create a new dawn where peace reigns supreme, we should all brace for the robot wars. You see, there’s nothing ethical about wars, and while the powers that be would love make it seem as if the can control how wars are fought, it’s virtually impossible.
One only has to look how technology has evolved over the thousands of years to see where things are headed. There was a time when humans had to be up-close and personal on the battlefield, but as time went by, we are fighting wars from a distant.
How long before we’re no longer required to fight physically, but with machines acting autonomously or with the aid of a human
Countries will find a way to bring robots to the battlefield, and it’s not a matter of if, but when.