Scientists (or is it Brits?) and their love of understatement

JISHOU — The BBC has a story about a robot “cheetah” that can run up to 18 mph. It’s part of a defense project to develop a military war-bot for use in the field.

Noel Sharkey, professor of artificial intelligence and robotics at the University of Sheffield said the latest achievement was very impressive.

“With faster than human speed, this is a step in the development of a high speed killer that could negotiate a battlefield quickly to hunt and kill,” he said.

“The biggest concern about this is that no artificial intelligence system can distinguish between civilians and enemy combatants, and so if this was operating on its own it would fall foul of the laws of war.”

But if we had Skynet, everything would be just fine. Right?

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