UNITED STATES FOLLOWS FICTIONAL SKYNET NARRATIVE, REFUSES UN BAN ON KILLER ROBOTS
So here we are yet again. Skynet is real! Well, not the same exact Skynet that helped launch all of the Terminator movies, memes and careers. But when you have AI, aka artificial intelligence, running military hardware or systems, things could turn south fast. Experts have been screaming themselves hoarse, all the more so in recent years. But just like in Terminator, it’s the United States where the issue isn’t just happening, it’s getting a near guarantee to happen. How? Well, the United Nations and a lot of member countries would like to ban killer robots. Because…. Killer. Robots. Picture a Roomba with a gun, a mind of its own, then rethink your life choices. But the US refuses?
US DOESN’T WANT ANY LEGALLY BINDING AGREEMENTS (A BAN), WANTS UNFETTERED KILLER ROBOT RIGHTS
Yes, of course the United States is refusing to ban Killer Robots. It’s just one of several other items on the docket for the soon to happen Sixth Review Conference of the Convention on Conventional Weapons in Geneva. And the United Nations would like to do a little something to protect the world from autonomous death machines. Or, as is equally descriptive yet a lot easier to say and understand, KILLER ROBOTS. One US official evidently didn’t like the idea of anyone regulating the US using a “legally binding instrument.” That sounds like a reasonable idea most self-identified conservatives could appreciate.
EVEN CHINA SUPPORTS BAN ON KILLER ROBOTS, EVEN AS IT ONLY PROMISES NEVER TO USE THEM
But it really means the US won’t sign onto any agreement, treaty, or charter to stop the world from developing and fielding robots that have a great design to travel around and kill people. So back to Terminator, where robots with guns flew, drove on any number of wheels, and even looked like humans to get close and do some efficient killing. But the US wants a non-binding agreement! And to make matters worse, China actually supports a ban of killer robots. It just want to continue making them. You know, promising never to use them?
And the US doesn’t even want to do that? Hmmmmm.