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Developing a humanoid battlefield robot and or/AI that recognizes "innocent civilians" and can differentiate them from enemy targets.

This robot would have to have an intelligence factor similar to a human, hence the problem of making a AI "smart" like a adult human or soldier.
Is it possible to teach a robot everything a human ever knows?
It would have to be able to differentiate "innocent civilians" from the enemy....there would also be an emotional impact on the enemy or civilian experiencing a humanoid robot saving or shooting at them.

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    May 22 2013: Well, if we could make such a robot, the enemy would soon also have such robots, perhaps with better programming that fools our robots into thinking they're friendly. So they destroy our robots, and we'll need better software. This is called an arms race, and we've been through that many times. In fact we haven't learned very much, so we're still in the middle of one that foolishly uses up our resources, and of which there is no end in sight.

    Much better to use the money to develop robot diplomats that can actually negotiate their way to agreement, thus avoiding the need to fight like adolescents.
    • May 22 2013: Dang, that is a good idea..... better than robot soldiers. That might be what my conversation will be about.
    • May 28 2013: Instead of robot diplomats, how about following Pope John Pauls pithy advice: "If you want Peace, work for Justice". Our wars usually do not even consider such an idea, which is why the "Negotiations" never seem to work out., or the wars either.
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        May 28 2013: If only justice weren't so hard to identify, especially in the international arena. Wars do often start because country "A" considers that it has a just cause that country "B" somehow is hindering or violating. Of course "B" sees it from another view. The failure of a higher power to determine right is what leads to war.

        The Pope made a memorable aphorism, with his twist on the old Roman saw about preparing for war, but it's more helpful to be more specific. Thus, an international justice system with binding laws and authoritative courts that can resolve international conflicts is the mechanism that will eventually make war an historic anomaly. We do have the beginnings of such international courts, but they still depend on the consent of the parties. To make them effective, international military force is also necessary, in the same way that national laws are ineffectual without enforcement. This is probably still a long ways off.

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