Well, you can't blame them for trying, can you? Earlier today the grandiloquently named "Future of Life Institute" (FLI) announced an open letter on the subject of 'autonomous weapons.' In case you're not keeping up with artificial intelligence research, that means weapons that seek and engage targets all by themselves.
While this sounds fanciful to the uninformed, it is in fact a dystopian nightmare that, thanks to startling innovations in robotics and artificial intelligence by various DARPA-connected research projects, is fast becoming a reality. Heck, people are already customizing their own multirotor drones to fire handguns; just slap some AI on that and call it Skynet.
Indeed, as anyone who has seen Robocop, Terminator, Bladerunner or a billion other sci-fi fantasies will know, gun-wielding, self-directed robots are not to be hailed as just another rung on the ladder of technical progress. But for those who are still confused on this matter, the FLI open letter helpfully elaborates: "Autonomous weapons are ideal for tasks such as assassinations, destabilizing nations, subduing populations and selectively killing a particular ethnic group." In other words, instead of "autonomous we...
... perhaps most revealing of all are the startling new estimates of capital outflow that show that China is hemorrhaging capital at an unprecedented rate and selling its US treasuries at an equally furious pace to buoy up the yuan.
Polls regularly show that Americans recognise that their country's international standing has waned. Among the young, this trendline has fallen sharply. Only 15% of 18-29-year-olds believe that America is the "greatest country in the world".
And if I am right, what we have seen so far is just the tip of the iceberg. The following are 10 very strange things that have happened in just the past few weeks…
Tragedy? Farce? Bleak tale with a light at the end of the tunnel? It’s too early to know. But get your popcorn ready, because no matter how it plays out this tale is one that will be well worth watching.
...the popping of the Chinese stock bubble is not just about a plummet in the stock market. The real key to understanding what has taken place in China is often named but seldom explained: shadow banking.
As of press time, Greece was still insisting they would not make their scheduled 1.6 billion euro payment to the IMF. Assuming the payment does not go through, what will happen?
Since they can't find any evidence that Iran has actually engaged in any nuclear weapons program activities, they are instead using the "we can't prove they haven't, either" tactic to demand unprecedented levels of access to Iran's nuclear facilities...
...if there is no debt deal by the end of this month, the Greek debt crisis is going to totally spin out of control and financial chaos will begin to erupt all over Europe. But instead of trying to be reasonable, EU president Donald Tusk “has delivered an ultimatum to Greece”
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