Wednesday, February 16, 2005

(Dateline 2015) Dems Demand: Bring The Robots Home!

New York Times
February 16, 2005

A New Model Army Soldier Rolls Closer to the Battlefield

By Tim Weiner

The American military is working on a new generation of soldiers, far different from the army it has.
"They don't get hungry," said Gordon Johnson of the Joint Forces Command at the Pentagon. "They're not afraid. They don't forget their orders. They don't care if the guy next to them has just been shot. Will they do a better job than humans? Yes."
The robot soldier is coming.
The Pentagon predicts that robots will be a major fighting force in the American military in less than a decade, hunting and killing enemies in combat. Robots are a crucial part of the Army's effort to rebuild itself as a 21st-century fighting force, and a $127 billion project called Future Combat Systems is the biggest military contract in American history…

STATEMENT OF DEMOCRATIC PARTY

re: Robot Soldiers
February 16, 2015

We, the remaining 5,000 members of the Democratic Party, are opposed to the use of Robots in combat. Many Americans do not want our Robots there. Many military families do not want our Robots there. Many Robots themselves do not want to be there. The overwhelming majority of Europeans do not want US Robots there.

Our Robots are embroiled in a hopeless regional quagmire.

These military actions are not perceived as liberations, but as occupations, and our Robots are now subject to daily attacks. Meanwhile, without a clear mission, they are living in conditions of relentless austerity and hardship. At home, their Robot families are forced to endure extended separations and ongoing uncertainty.

Without just cause for war, we say bring the Robots home now!

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/02/16/technology/16robots.html?ex=1109221200&en=dea58784dfc8c2f8&ei=5065&partner=MYWAY


1 Comments:

At 1:03 PM, Blogger firediva said...

Robo-Soldiers present several dilemmas: who would be court martialed, who would be accused of prisoner abuse, who would be charged with murder on the battle field....could a Robo-Soldier stand trial or be a witness in a court case.....oh my....what will they do?!

 

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