Friday, September 16, 2016

U.S. Defense Secretary: US Military Will 'Never Unleash Truly Autonomous Killing Machines'

Terminator army (credit: Warner Brothers)

Breaking Defense: Killer Robots? ‘Never,’ Defense Secretary Carter Says

IN FLIGHT TO ANDREWS AFB: Defense Secretary Ashton Carter is pushing hard for artificial intelligence — but the US military will “never” unleash truly autonomous killing machines, he pledged today.

“In many cases, and certainly whenever it comes to the application of force, there will never be true autonomy, because there’ll be human beings (in the loop),” Carter told Sydney and fellow reporter John Harper as they flew home to Washington.

Carter’s trip to Austin and San Francisco had been all about outreach to the information technology community. In particular,, he said, “we’re making big investments” in autonomy, which is the centerpiece of Carter’s Third Offset Strategy to retain America’s high-tech edge. But, he emphasized, technology must operate within legal and ethical limits.

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WNU Editor: US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter is saying that the U.S. will “never” unleash truly autonomous killing machines .... but the U.S. is spending a lot of money to accomplish just that .... Pentagon Promises 'Will Never' Unleash Killer Robots, Despite Massive Investment (Sputnik).

More News On The US Military Vowing To 'Never Unleash Truly Autonomous Killing Machines'

Pentagon says killer robots have no place in US military -- CNBC
The U.S. Army Will Never Give Its Killer Robots "True Autonomy" -- Inverse
Will the US Unleash an Army of Killer Robots? Ask Clinton or Trump -- Fiscal Times
The Next President Will Decide the Fate of Killer Robots—and the Future of War -- WIRED

1 comment:

Bob Huntley said...

...... until they have to.