Re: armed robots

From: Michael M. Butler (
Date: Sat Feb 24 2001 - 00:05:37 MST

I get you now.

>From the reading I've done, the official position of the brass hats
today is that decisions to fire still will be made under positive human
control, by pilots in command or the AVO equivalent. Oh well, there's
still the old SAGE-plus-launch-on-warning... ( 1/2 :) )

So, by 2010, AVOs could be doing weapon deliveries like Directory
Assistance operators: Sit in a cubby, wait for a bell. Screen lights up.
Pick up final part of run. Hit the pickle. Wait for splash. Lather.
Rinse. Repeat.

While this implies a greater number of sorties per day per AVO than is
today practical for pink bods in danger, I do wonder how it will work
out in practice re: more bridges with civilians on them.

Spike Jones wrote:
> "Michael M. Butler" wrote:
> > Torpedoes are many decades old, Spike.
> Sure, but a torpedo and heat seeking missile are merely a
> sophisticated bullet. I mean a device that has its own
> identification-friend-or-foe and autonomous decision-
> to-fire onboard. The question really does need to be
> refined a bit, as the distinctions are fuzzy. spike

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