A. I. Threat from Weaponized Robots?
© 2017 by Linda Moulton Howe
— “The worry is that people continue to think of these devices as gimmicks
and toys, not potentially dangerous devices that may be used to spy on their
loved ones or even hurt them. After all, they are not just toys. They are increasingly
capable computers with arms, legs or wheels which will only get
bigger, stronger, faster with each new generation.”
- Lucas Apa, Principal Security Consultant for IOActive
— “I don't think it's reasonable for us to put robots
in charge of whether or not we take a human life.”
- Gen. Paul Selva, Vice Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Pentagon, July 18, 2017,
before U. S. Senate Armed Services Committee
IOActive, the world's largest cyber security company, demonstrated this year how a
UBTECH Robotics Corp. robot (above) can be turned into a weapon. Image © 2017 by IOActive.
IOActive in Seattle, Washington, is focused on cyber security
with operations and clients on six continents and in more
than 30 countries worldwide. “Our mission is to make certain your enterprise
is more secure in an era of pervasive and emerging threats.”
September 10, 2017 Albuquerque, New Mexico - This summer on July 15th, 2017, in Providence, Rhode Island, at the final session of the National Governors Association meeting, Tesla’s Chief Executive Elon Musk told a group of 30 governors that the development of robots, androids and cyborgs with artificial intelligence is “a fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization.”
Left: Terry McAuliffe, Governor of Virginia, interviewed Right: Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX,
on July 15, 2017, at the National Governors Assoc. meeting in Providence, Rhode Island. Image by NGA.
Leading up to that statement on the stage with Governor Terry McAuliffe from Virginia, Musk began:
“Well, I think on the artificial intelligence front, I have exposure to the most cutting edge of A. I. and I think people should be really concerned about it. I keep sounding the alarm bell, but until people see robots going down the street killing people, they don’t know how to react. But once there is awareness, people will be extremely afraid, as they should be.
There will certainly be a lot of job disruption because what is going to happen is that robots will be able to do everything better than us humans. Twelve percent of all jobs are in transportation and that’s the first thing that will go to the robots.”
Then in his most serious voice, Elon Musk stressed, “Robots will be able to do anything. This is really like the scariest problem to me!”
A. I. Warning from Vice Chair,
Joint Chiefs of Staff General Paul Selva
U.S. Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,
testifies during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C.,
July 18, 2017. The hearing was held to consider Gen. Selva’s reappointment to the grade
of general and as the Vice Chairman. DoD image by U.S. Army Sgt. James K. McCann).
Three days later on July 18, 2017, General Paul Selva appeared before the U. S. Senate Armed Service Committee during his confirmation hearing for reappointment as Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Michigan Democrat Sen. Gary Peters asked General Selva what he thought of the DoD directive that requires a human operator to be kept in the decision-making process when robotic weapons are used to take human life. It is a directive “due to expire later this year of 2017,” Sen. Peters said.
General Selva answered, “I don't think it's reasonable for us to put robots in charge of whether or not we take a human life.” The General's reply echoes what scientists researchers and academics warned about a year ago in July 2016.
IOActive Family Robots Can Be
Turned Into Spies and Weapons
On August 22, 2017, the U. K. Telegraph headlined “Hackers Turn Family Robots into Weapons and Spying Tools.” Recently security researchers at the large cyber security global corporation IOActive in Seattle, Washington, demonstrated how company technicians hacked into an IOActive robot and turned it into a domestic spy that would also do violence on command. Further, Earthfiles.com received a confidential report that in this summer of 2017, a few robots working in a military-related operation in Japan went out of control and even killed some humans there. But you are not hearing about that in the daily news feeds — at least not yet.
Warning has also come from Lucas Apa, the Principal Security consultant at IOActive in Seattle, Washington. IOActive is a world leader in cyber security. He told The Telegraph, “Even nonmilitary robots could be weaponized to cause harm. … After all, they are not toys. They are increasingly capable computers with arms, legs or wheels, which will only get bigger, stronger, faster with each new generation.”
Elon Musk and many other A. I. experts have urged the United Nations to order an international ban on all productions of “killer robots.” It’s not only military robots that are concerning. It’s also the thousands of robots now working every day in homes and factories.
Daily News, August 21, 2017, at United Nations, New York, New York.
For further information about the human abduction syndrome, please see the Earthfiles Archive.
A few of many in-depth reports are listed below from the more than 2,500 in-depth reports organized
in chronological order from 1999 to 2017 ongoing.
Elon Musk: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elon_Musk
"Hackers Turn Family Robots into Weapons and Spying Tools," August 22, 2017, U. K.'s Telegraph:
"Tesla CEO Elon Musk Joins Other Experts in Asking United Nations to Ban Killer Robots," August 21, 2017, Daily News, New York, N. Y: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/elon-musk-joins-experts-u-n-ban-killer-robots-article-1.3429880