However, despite our sceptics, we’re seeing the rise of a Millennial-run workforce, and soon to be Millennial international leaders. This demographic change will largely impact what issues gain the most attention. Simply put, we are the future decision-makers of our nation — and what we say matters, goes.
One of the greatest challenges faced by all international leaders is ensuring the safety and security of their citizens. This includes the policing of local communities, securing national borders, and lending participation to international war.
Increasingly, a minority of countries have begun funding the development of fully autonomous weapons, also known as ‘killer robots’; systems built to select targets and kill free from human control. Killer robots pose significant risks to humanity. Here are five reasons why Millennials need to ban killer robots.
1. Killer robots calculate — they don’t think
Killer robots’ actions will be guided by numbers. Fully autonomous weapons, at their most basic level, will be machines with processes. Unlike real-time decision-making, the engagement of robots in policing or war means acting based on pre-established algorithms, kinda like your family’s desktop that constantly needs updating. These algorithms help the computer’s radar system examine its surroundings to determine whether or not the target profile is in its midst.
But there is no reflective mechanism. Killer robots would run on a “sensor-analysis-force process” whereby the machine collects data on the external source, analyzes the source based on its internal programming, and applies force if the conditions to do so are met (Read more at www.article36.org). However, machine learning in relation to data analysis remains unclear, adding to the complexity of this issue. This brings into question the ethics behind the codes that program a system to kill.
2. Algorithms behind killer robots are inherently racist
We’ve all heard it before — Millennials are too sensitive. The driving force behind this misunderstanding is the degree to which younger generations label normalized behaviour as wrong.