it's rough out there

Seems like it’s a not an easy time for a bunch of people right now. Love to you all.

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Meanwhile, crazy shit continues apace.

From the I-really-wish-these-delusional-psychos-running-the-world-would-get-their-priorities-straight and start funding, say, research into geothermal power files:

the U.S. intelligence community is working to develop software that will detect violent extremists infiltrating World of Warcraft and other massive multiplayer games, according to a data-mining report from the Director of National Intelligence.

The Reynard project will begin by profiling online gaming behavior, then potentially move on to its ultimate goal of “automatically detecting suspicious behavior and actions in the virtual world.

Total. Fucking. Insanity.

There seem to be a few articles floating around at the moment about the coming autonomous-robots-with-bombs-and-guns being scary thing (and its something I’ve been tracking here, if you recall). Here’s one.

Prof Noel Sharkey fears increased research and spending on unmanned military systems by countries including the US, Russia, China and Israel will lead to the use of autonomous battlefield robots that can decide when to kill within a decade.

He goes on to freak out that the terrorists will get them and use them for suicide bombing.

Meanwhile, in the Arctic, a seed depository has just opened, containing all of the world’s crop diversity in seed form, in case of disaster. Yay. The shrinkage in crop diversity is a really freaky thing for our food security and survival on this planet. Though I wish the vault was in, say, Fiordland.

2 Responses to “it's rough out there”

  1.   Scott A
    February 28th, 2008 | 12:44 pm

    Goddamnit! Haven’t those lunatics seen Robocop or Terminator? This’ll be the end of us all!

  2.   Pearce
    February 28th, 2008 | 5:04 pm

    There was a big thing on the robots on the BBC podcast today. Dude basically said that the idea seemed to be to create a “riskless war”, that there’s no such thing as a riskless war but thinking that there is will make countries more likely to start wars, and that if a country uses robot armies their enemies will be more likely to strike that country’s civilian targets ’cause killing a robot doesn’t count as retaliation.

    He also said that the US’s current target is to get them on the battlefield by 2010.