UC Berkeley professor Stuart Russell and the Future of Life Institute have created video titled “Slaughterbots” that depicts a future in which humans develop small, hand-sized drones that are programmed to identify and eliminate designated targets.
The Berkeley professor fears this particular scenario but it is not that big a deal. He and his people need to do more analysis of weapons, military and terrorist tactics.
They are called unstoppable but are stoppable
They call them unstoppable miniature drones.
They are stoppable. There are EMP weapons both for large scale and handheld. There are computer controlled machine gun systems for anti-drone and anti air systems.
We already have big drones with big missiles. They have been used to kill thousands in the middle east for a couple of decades.
There are all kinds of drones with all kinds of guns and shotguns.
Automatic weapons that work without human intervention after activation are missiles and bombs.
Also, if someone (terrorist or country) tries to attack you with missiles or bombs or drones, then you attack that country and beat them down until they are unable to launch offensive attacks or you hunt down the terrorists with CIA, big drones and big weapons or your own smaller weapons.
As with all weapons the $200-300 billion per year US military procurement budgets means that the US will have far more drones than any other nation.
US Police forces have heavy weapons and surplus military gear. The New York police department will have a larger drone budget than many nations.
Delivering a container full of drones or dropping a plane full of drones is not any easier than delivering a load of bombs or missiles.
There have been many suicide bombers and those who use trucks to drive into crowds
Despite what people say it is actually difficult to recruit suicide bombers and tough to motivate people sufficiently to grab a truck to run them into crowds.
As self driving cars and trucks become common then it will be easy to repurpose or make a simplified self driving vehicle to perform the task of bombing without the suicide portion or using the truck as a weapon.
It is also possible that the terrorists will take Amazon delivery drones or making drones that look like the Amazon delivery drone (in case the digital security of an Amazon drone cannot be cracked) and packing them with the explosives and ball bearings.
The terrorist attacks when they come will be in the form of self driving trucks, self driving cars and Amazon drones.
1. They will be everywhere just like regular trucks are now
2. People will see them and expect them, so they could move into a crowd without arousing response
3. It could be fast to repurpose them, just as it is easy to take over a truck now
4. There are robotic devices now that can operate the steering wheel and controls of a car or plane. They are drop in automation
However, just like the truck attacks that occasionally happen now, we will not stop using trucks or cars or drones when they happen.
The security of self-driving trucks, self driving cars and delivery drones is where we need to put our efforts and not on weaponized AI drones.
Also, the questions that we should consider will be whether it will be good or bad for police departments to have fleets of counter drones. If they should then how should they be managed.
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