Re: AI soldiers

Terry Donaghe (
Fri, 30 Oct 1998 13:14:23 -0800 (PST)

Maybe they could build an AI lapdancer first...

Sorry, sorry, sorry...

Just seemed like a better test subject......

---Bernard Hughes <> wrote:
> Following up on the silicon brain story posted earlier, I came
across another
> interesting article in the EEtimes
> This one is about a Raytheon project to build an artificial soldier
topped off with
> the Cog head from MIT. The neural net system proposed is of a type
that is new to
> me, in that it assumes that the information passed among neurons
comes as a result
> of the temporal synchrony among signals. Anybody else come across
that theory?
> Building an autonomous, heavily armed soldier strikes me as a risky
way to try out
> AI theory. A fixed place ABM system is one thing, but a general
purpose killer
> robot seems like asking for trouble. If programming "do not harm
humans" has some
> challenges, "kill all humans except for the friendly ones" seems
fraught with
> peril. Reminds me of an old SF tale, I think called "I made you", in
which a dying
> engineer is pinned down by the robot sentinel he built.
> I'd vote for keeping these guys immobile unless you are *really*
sure of your IFF
> programming.
> --
> Bernard J Hughes
> Timedancer Systems
> -- Creative Laziness at its best --


Terry Donaghe
Individual, Anarcho-Capitalist, Environmentalist, Transhumanist, Mensan

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