You’ve got to be kidding me…

DARPA – face of the department of defense, which one presumes is the department responsable for ‘defending’ us against Iraq’s “weapons of mass destruction”.. is now trying to create life.

Yes, really. They are trying to make self-aware computers. Which they will promptly use to kill more humans. Honestly, people, couldn’t you just stay in the sphere of making cool technologies and leave the whole blowing-people-up thing alone? If we’re short on resources, wouldn’t it suffice to come up with creative solutions that made us better able to use the resources we had, rather than blowing things up?

I don’t even know what I think about DARPA creating life.. other than, wow, we’ve really come full circle now.. First they create the net, which has the possibility, should it spread far enough and have enough creative backup systems, of stopping war by making the results of it impossible to ignore, even for people as talented at forgetting the past as Americans (and, yes, I include myself in this)

Don’t know. Wonder what classes I should be taking. It seems clear that I need to go back to school, because I don’t understand the world at *all*

4 Responses to “You’ve got to be kidding me…”

  1. anansi133 Says:

    Just wait until the first friendly-fire incident occurs in which some kind of autonomous vehicle is involved. Remember the Vincennes in 1988? Imagine the finger-pointing between the software people, the hardware people, and the ones who commisioned the thing in the first place.

    Any argument for “just warfare” has got to include putting oneself at risk, besides your intended target. Everything else leads to bullying.

  2. brianamj Says:

    Here we go. Skynet is finally coming to pass…

  3. anonymous Says:

    Creating a system that acts as if it’s intelligent is hard, but creating one that can think on it’s own is near impossible. How can you code a system that goes beyond it’s own programming? It may be possible but I think it’ll be a while before we crack that nut. -m

  4. amberite2112 Says:

    if you think going back to school will help you understand the world, you’re sort of wrong- schools are mostly a tool to turn out more drone-workers. the ones who come out of the proccess un-droned, are the ones who were already independent thinkers before they went in.

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