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Old 10-29-2005, 12:59 AM
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Posted by andoman42-
True about the EMP but if the military would want robots on the battlefield they would also cough up the money for the EMP shielding. And I would guess that robots would be able to push that extra mile....they shouldn´t ever get tired......and why would they need the spirit? They would be 100% efficient killers with no feelings of remorse, no shell shock, no psychological problems whatsoever. And that is true that at the current technology level they cannot match the human brain, but at the speed technology advances I wouldn´t be too surprised if a machine would pass the Turing test in the next 10-20 years.

EMP shielding is very expensive and time-consuming. Humans are cheaper soldiers. Robots cannot push the extra mile because there is no such thing for a machine like that. It can't go beyond what it was designated to do. Spirit pushes men to do extraordinary things in the field of battle. Machines would be overly efficient killers, likely slaughtering surrendering troops or civilians, or do you plan on having a pilot for each robot? Getting really inefficient here. COMPUTERS WILL NEVER EXCEED THE ABILITIES AND SPEED OF THE HUMAN MIND. Don't mean to pick a fight, but I am just a firvent anti-technologist. And yet I use it more than anyone else in the family .
War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature, and has no chance of being free unless made or kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.
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