Armed robots will save your life one day

 The Excerpt below was written by David Hambling at newscientist.com 
Calls to ban killer robots ignore the fact that human soldiers can make lethal mistakes. If driverless cars will save lives, perhaps armed machines can as well.
But while fiction is littered with cautionary tales of what happens when you put guns in the cold, metallic hands of a machine, the situation may not be as simple as “human good, robots bad”.
To understand why, we should look at what people are saying about the ethics of driverless cars, which advocates see as a way of reducing accidents. If your life is safer in the hands of a robot car than a human driver, might the same apply for military hardware?
Clearly, replacing a human combatant with a robot one is safer for that individual, but armed robots could also reduce civilian casualties. For example, a squad that has to clear a building must make a split-second decision about whether the occupant of a room is an armed insurgent or an innocent civilian – any hesitation could get them killed. A robot can wait for confirmation when the enemy starts firing.
The same principle applies to air strikes. An autonomous system can make several runs over a target to confirm it is really an enemy outpost, but a pilot can risk only one pass. In both cases, the only downside is the loss of machines due to excessive caution, not casualties.
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The Terminator

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Comment: Do you think that arming robots would save lives or not...and why?

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  1. I'm crossed about the fact of arming robots for combat, because robots can be rewired, or have glitches, or even break down. I don't trust robots, because of those reasons. I lean more towards not giving robots combat responsibilities, because I personally don't trust them.

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  2. I believe they could be a good asset to saving lives. I think this because humans can make lethal mistakes, and it is proven that the human brain can't multitask whereas robots can.

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  3. Armed robots are stronger than humans, therefore can take out threats. They will have no reasoning. They will take unnecccessary lifes.I see it as 'saving lifes' to take more lifes.

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  4. No I don't think we should because in a crisis the robots could be shut down by a EMP(Electromagnetic Pulse) This EMP would shut down every robot therefore; making them not efficient. Also in the age we are all living in these robots could most definitely be hacked turning on us in a matter of seconds. In conclusion I don't think armed robots at this point in time would be safe.

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  5. The movie The Terminator completely altered how I see robots. I think robots would save lives at first, but as they grew more advanced and experienced they would start to become aware of what they are and their surroundings, and turn against humans, therefore reducing lives.

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  6. I think robots would save lives as they are more accurate and due to them not being able to die then they could be much more aggressive and take higher risks than regular people. As exemplified in the article a robot could determine a hostile from civilian, simply by waiting for the person in question to shoot.

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  7. I believe that armed robots can be a good thing. They aren't racist and they cant bleed this gives them more time to analyze the situation. But like all technology they can be hacked and used to kill innocent civilians.

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  8. I do not think robots will save lives. Even if they did it wouldn't be because of the robot, it would be because of the person who built the robot. I also think they will not save us because they will most likely pollute, and robots, like all technology, can have so many defects.

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  9. I think that robots can and will save many lives. Whether it be out on the battlefield or helping patients at hospitals.I find the whole "robots will stike back" to be not true. Unless you program the machine, to be more than a machine, Ai, to have feelings to the point it strikes back.Ai has come so far, and the future still holds endless possibilities for the development of Ai.

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  10. The video explains how robots with guns would be a strong force and reduce enemies, however I believe that this is a bad idea. There are so many things that can happen to the robot and possibly even get hacked from enemies. Hackers have done so much and made sirens go off in cities so this just makes robots a bigger target and if they succeed the robots would start eliminating us. It's something cool to see but not a great idea in real life.

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  11. I think it can be good but it also can be bad. When i first saw the Terminator and irobot i thought that no robot can ever do good. But then also i think it is good because then we have less kids losing their mom and or dad. In conclusion i think arming robots has it pros and has its cons.

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  12. I think robots could save live but they can also take lives. Robots like most computers have glitches they freeze up, if the robot glitched while walking through town and shot an innocent person what would happen then? On the other side, robots have different capabilities than humans. For example, they might have better accuracy of shooting a gun or may be their stronger. But comes the time would you want to kill innocent people when the robot glitches or have a better aim when shooting?

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  13. I think that in some positions they could save lives, however I believe there would be more deaths overall. Without human intelligence they could easily make the mistake of an enemy and a friend. A person carrying around a gun could be shot even though it may only be a toy or unloaded. They would have no compulsion for mercy, if they were given the order to kill there would be no questioning of the order. This would also lead to far fewer jobs. Over 1.4 million Americans are employed in the military. I believe the development of AI could better be sent in an area that saves lives rather than takes them.

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  14. I do not think that arming robots would be beneficial to us. They could have a glitch and harm other people or the robot themselves. They could also be good for us, once we got past the glitches and the errors.

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  15. I do not think that we should arm robots. They are slowly taking over many jobs. They can make mistakes just as easily as a human can and that could be fatal. Afterall nothing is perfect we will find flaws in having armed robots.

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  16. I honestly Think there should NOT be robots because, what if they were to be hacked by a terrorist and start ripping arms and limbs off!

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  17. I do not think that robots would save the world because robots malfunction and then they turn on us.

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  18. I think that the robots would not be good because the robot might not be able to tell who is who.

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  19. I think they would sorta be bad because the hackers could hack everything and it would backfire on them.

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  20. I think that in some cases we should but then things could go wrong. Thing might go wrong if the robots get hacked.

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  21. I think in some cases we should have robots they can be stronger, faster, and smarter. But others times robots could malfunction

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  22. I think they would be bad because they could turn on us or be hacked and they could start killing us.

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  23. I think it would be a good idea because it would put less at risk. but they may become dangerous

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  24. I think no because every once in awhile there is a really good hacker that can get into them. Once they get into them they can kill a lot of people.

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  25. No because if a enemy to our world hacks the robot the robot might try to kill the person which robots can hack into each other to so danger could come from the evolution of AI

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  26. I believe that it would benefit us as humans because when we put people on the front line a lot of them die but if we put robots there we can afford to lose a couple of them so there would be less deaths for our soldiers.

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  27. no because they could kill the wrong people

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  28. When you're trying to replace soldiers with machines, the chances are they may get hack to go against us. Well the good reason is that there will be less civilian casualties.

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  29. I do not think that the robots would be beneficial. Yes they would be more accurate, but hacking into systems is getting to be a big problem and people are getting better and better at it. This means, it might get easier for people to hack into these robots and have them turn on us and cause havok.

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