Robocop. Killer robots for the San Francisco police

“A little air of Robocop? The San Francisco Police Department has asked the city’s Board of Supervisors (its legislative body) for permission to deploy robots capable of killing suspects. The lethal use of these robots would only be possible in the event that “the risk of death to the public or officers is imminent and outweighs any other option” indicates the police department.

Far from being anecdotal, this bill has been considered for weeks and is already causing dissension within the city authorities. “Robots should not be used as a use of force against anyone” has already criticized supervisor Aaron Peskin, member of the Supervisory Board. The proposal will nevertheless be well on the table this week”.

And yes.

We are going to enter the Skynet era and the Robocop era.

Not sure that humanity is gaining in wisdom and freedom.

Not sure at all that life prevails elsewhere.

I note all the same to what extent the ethical debates on these technologies and their use are totally, but then totally absent both from the debates and from the press.

However, some people have been thinking about it for a long time.

The reference in the field is obviously the 3 laws of robotics written by the writer Isaac Asimov.

1. A robot may not harm a human being or, remaining passive, allow a human being to be exposed to danger.

2. A robot must obey orders given to it by a human unless such orders conflict with the First Law.

3. A robot must protect its existence as long as that protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

In short, an ethical debate on killer robots is needed and quickly, and the most rational should be to accept human errors, rather than theoretical technical perfection.

Because when the technique fails, there is generally no longer any possibility of human intervention to avoid the disaster.

Charles SANNAT

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