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Subject: We'll Be Back, Even If Only on Autopilot - Israel meets the Terminator's Skynet
swhitebull    1/23/2008 11:27:33 AM
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swhitebull       1/23/2008 11:28:43 AM
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Israel, Home Of The WOPR

Doesn't anyone remember the movie War Games? Apparently not in Israel, where they have decided to research "thinking machines" as a controlling mechanism for a missile defense system. Faster than anyone can say Cyberdyne, the system would respond to a catastrophic attack by ensuring the death of Israel's attackers, even if the human beings at the controls get incapacitated:

Israel has been hit in recent years by thousands and thousands of rockets, mortar shells, and missiles. And that could be just a preview of the onslaught Iran may one day unleash. So Israeli military leaders have begun early planning for a new, robotic defense system, armed with enough artificial intelligence that it "could take over completely" from flesh-and-blood operators. "It will be designed for... autonomous operations,' Brig. Gen. Daniel Milo, commander of Israel's air defense forces, tells Defense News' Barbara Opall-Rome. And in the event of a "doomsday" strike, Opall-Rome notes, the system could handle "attacks that exceed physiological limits of human command."

How do you say "Skynet" in Hebrew, again?

Israel already uses a blend of Arrow and Patriot interceptors to handle incoming rockets and missiles. This new command-and-control program would be "superimposed over all those defenses" -- and over new ones to come.


Why not? What could possibly go wrong? If the inevitable cyborg takeover occurs, we just need to ensure that we have Summer Glau protecting the Last Hope Of Mankind. As long as it isn't Edward Furlong, we should be just fine.

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Ezekiel       1/23/2008 1:58:46 PM
That has some very scary implications...
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battar    R2D2 and C3PO join the Air force   1/23/2008 3:19:25 PM
The Vulcan Phalanx CIWS naval defence system has been sitting on the decks of naval ships all over the world with the "AUTO/MANUAL" mode itching to be switched into automatic mode, please, just this once. In auto mode, the radar scans the horizon, locks on to a target, waits till it gets in range and opens fire. All by itself. Everyone else could be sitting in the mess drinking coffee. As far as I know auto mode is not used very often, because it would probably bring down too many friendly helicopters. An autonomous air defence system that eliminates the "man in the loop" is going to bring down an airliner with a faulty transponder one day.
So what is new in Skynet?
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Herald12345    wave off the friendlies and grit your teeth.   1/23/2008 7:30:27 PM
If you think it's bad with  rockets and auto-cannon,  wait until  WOPR  gets hold of a first class particle beam!


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