Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 33, No. 276. Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London Hosted by King's Digital Lab www.dhhumanist.org Submit to: email@example.com Date: 2019-09-25 10:50:39+00:00 From: John Keating
Subject: RE: dystopia in current science fiction Dear Willard, I would recommend reviewing the “Slaughterbots" movie together with the published discourse. I recommend these resources to my colleagues and students and encourage them to question if what they consider to be software engineering and computer science may, in fact, be just modern munitions development. It’s interestign to reflect on whether we do or do not currently have the minimum technologies you refer to in your mail. A good starting point would be the Youtube Video: Slaughterbots (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fa9lVwHHqg) is a 2017 arms- control advocacy video presenting a dramatized near-future scenario where swarms of inexpensive microdrones use artificial intelligence and facial recognition to assassinate political opponents based on preprogrammed criteria (Wikipedia Description). Then follow up with the two pertinent IEEE Spectrum articles: https://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/military-robots/why-you-shouldnt- fear-slaughterbots Why You Shouldn't Fear “Slaughterbots” (2017) IEEE Spectrum - A dystopian future in which killer robots are massacring innocents is terrifying, but let’s be clear: It's very much science fiction (Paul Scharre) https://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/artificial-intelligence/why-you- should-fear-slaughterbots-a-response Why You Should Fear “Slaughterbots”— A Response (2018) IEEE Spectrum - Lethal autonomous weapons are not science fiction; they are a real threat to human security that we must stop now (Stuart Russell, Anthony Aguirre, Ariel Conn and Max Tegmark) Best wishes, John. -- Dr. John G. Keating, Department of Computer Science, Maynooth University, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland. (E) firstname.lastname@example.org (T) +353 1 708 3854 (E) email@example.com (old email still working) _______________________________________________ Unsubscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted List posts to: firstname.lastname@example.org List info and archives at at: http://dhhumanist.org Listmember interface at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted/ Subscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/membership_form.php
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