Comments and Evil Machines

Comments and Evil Machines

I’m dealing with a common comment situation.

My CAPTCHA tool is keeping real people from commenting but when I take it off I immediately get these wierd comments that are obviously generated by bots that say things like:

“Way cool! Some extremely valid points! I appreciate you writing this post and also the rest of the website is very good.

not@realperson.bs

Or

“If some one desires expert view regarding running a blog then i suggest him/her to pay a visit this blog, Keep up the fastidious job.”

Imnot@realpersoneither.crap

Thanks, robot overlord, for the kind words of encouragement.

Now what do you want?

This morning I heard a news report about killer robots. There are people trying to get the U.N. to declare autonomous killing machines without human oversight illegal but Russian and the U.S. vetoed the idea last year. Of course at first I thought killer robots were the stuff of science fiction like The Terminator but then I realized that we already know about killer drones that are controlled by folks half a world away. The next step is to just write some rule of engagement and lay off the controllers.

Save’s money and it’s probably more efficient. It’s certainly faster and it takes out the whole human moral issue.

This should be stopped. If you’re not a namby-pamby wimp like me who just thinks killing people is a terrible thing to do no matter who they are, consider the problem of leftover landmines. There are over 100 landmines per square mile in Bosnia, Croatia and Cambodia. Egypt has over 20 million unexploded bombs in the ground. Imagine if all those landmines, over 100 million around the world, could get up and walk around and look for people to kill without any human input.

Or maybe just watch this terrifying episode of Black Mirror.

Of course, there are people building non-killer robots to try to clean up the landmines it’s not the technology that’s the problem.

Here’s the bottom line. AI and Machine Learning and Automatic Systems are developing fast, much faster than we realize. While they are being used for some very good things, they are also being used to fuck with people and take money, power and people’s lives.

You’ve been warned.

Sorry to be a bummer but if I blog every day, some days will be dark.

Please leave a comment below if you’re a real person. If you’re not real, please fuck off.

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