Thursday, June 18, 2009
USAF Continues Its Push Towards A Terminator Future
Longtime readers know that I fear the inevitable robot rebellion. Mere flesh and bone has little chance against the tireless steely grip of malevolent AIs and their murderous legions of cybernetic minions.
So it is with some trepidation that I read this recent Esquire story on the US Air Force's plan to build an army of flying mechanical suicide bombers:
If a squadron of low-flying drones and their micro-munitions don't provide a clean kill in those packed communities, the Air Force Research Laboratory has a more point-blank Plan B: tiny, biologically-inspired micro air vehicles (MAVs) that can flap through alleys and inside buildings.
Like most UAVs, these robots would most likely be used for surveillance and reconnaissance. But in an animated clip released by the Air Force late last year, a MAV lands on an enemy sniper, and, without so much as a prayer to its machine god, detonates itself.
Yeah, this is going to end well. I guess the only thing I can say is this:
I for one welcome our Cylon overlords.