September 20, 2009: When Drones Go Bad
Let me go on record as officially welcoming our new robot overlords. I don't want anyone to doubt which side I'm on when the machines rise up.
Never going to happen? Perhaps, but recently a drone deployed in Afghanistan went rogue. Human control was lost, and the Air Force took "proactive measures" to deal with it. I'm pretty sure that translates to "we sent a guy to shoot it down."
The details of how the drone left its leash are few, which prompts me to ask: what if it wasn't a "how," but a "why"? What if the drone saw a particularly pleasant sunset it wanted to photograph? Or a clever mathematical pattern in the rocks falling from the mountainside?
-- Paul Chapman
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