Robot Violence for Entertainment/STEM
As you may have noticed, I’ve posted a few tweets against programming/building robots whose primary purpose is to inflict violence on other robots.
So I’d like to explain (in >140 chars) why I’m so against it.
Techniques and program features used in such robots can directly be translated into robots designed to harm human beings.
Now, unless your planning a career with BAE systems in predator drone design, I think that is not a good use of programming talents.
And definitely not a path to encourage children to go down.
For clarity (as I’m no vegetarian/model citizen) I like watching rubgy. Violence occurs in rugby. I live with this as its a by-product and not the purpose of the game (which is getting ball over a line). I don’t watch boxing. That is my personal threshold.
Not so when humans are programming/radio-controlling violent machines with the number one purpose of disabling each others device.
In my mind – I equate this to engaging in animal fighting (without sentient beings being harmed) with owners /pit spectators having same attitude a rabid animal fighting crowd.
As a programmer/geek/engineer – I feel we can do a lot better with our talents.
So hopefully you understand that fighting robots is violence by proxy and that it crosses a threshold.
I understand that some peoples threshold may be lower/higher than mine and I can respect their views but I really take issue with someone who doesn’t actually know what I’m talking about and thinks its a non-issue.