Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The Pentagon’s ‘Terminator Conundrum’: Robots That Could Kill on Their Own - The New York Times

Also see A.I. Inspiration: The Science Fiction That Frames Discussion (NYT)

"At the core of the strategic shift envisioned by the Pentagon is a concept that officials call centaur warfighting. Named for the half-man and half-horse in Greek mythology, the strategy emphasizes human control and autonomous weapons as ways to augment and magnify the creativity and problem-solving skills of soldiers, pilots and sailors, not replace them.

The weapons, in the Pentagon’s vision, would be less like the Terminator and more like the comic-book superhero Iron Man, Mr. Work said in an interview.

“There’s so much fear out there about killer robots and Skynet,” the murderous artificial intelligence network of the “Terminator” movies, Mr. Work said. “That’s not the way we envision it at all.”"
The Pentagon’s ‘Terminator Conundrum’: Robots That Could Kill on Their Own - The New York Times
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