Author: Todd Hatcher

Global, Ethical, and Legal Concerns of Autonomous Warfare

Global, Ethical, and Legal Concerns of Autonomous Warfare by Todd Hatcher In his TED talk “The Decision to Kill Shouldn’t Belong to a Robot”, Daniel Suarez (2013) raises some legitimate concerns. He highlights the crumbling of representative government and cautions that we lose the humanity in warfare when we legalize lethal autonomy. But Suarez’s proposed solution—a total ban on autonomous weaponry—seems unlikely to be realized. And if machines are given the option to kill on their own initiative, it seems sooner or later we will face the prospect of machine vs. machine. Warfare loses legitimacy if the weapons of...

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Global, Ethical, and Legal Concerns of Autonomous Warfare

In his Ted Talk “The Decision to Kill Shouldn’t Belong to a Robot”, Daniel Suarez (2013) makes legitimate points, such as the crumbling of representative government and losing the humanity in warfare by legalizing lethal autonomy. His assertion is creating a total ban on autonomous weaponry will curb its use in warfare, however, this does not seem like a feasible option. Although the first predicament discussed is whether or not machines should have the option to kill on their own, there is little doubt that this trend would almost certainly lead to machine against machine. Warfare loses legitimacy if all...

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Psychological Impacts of a Journey to Mars

No-one in human history, so far, knows what an actual manned trip to Mars entails. Although there has been much speculation, we can only understand so much about the environment of the Red Planet through the use of unmanned rovers. Several companies, both public and private, have recently made it a priority to reach Mars; and not only that—the goal is to sustain ourselves there. The future of mankind depends on us leaving Earth and discovering new habitats to continue life. With resources dwindling, the climate being affected by our very presence, and the population reaching a point where...

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Data Storage Options

Limited space and power are driving forces in the quest to find, in the most preferable scenario, limitless data storage. So far, what we use compared to what is available is only a drop in the bucket. This does not seem like a problem given there is only a slow and steady trickle of data storage right now. What happens when, in the future, that steady trickle becomes a full-fledged firehouse consuming an ever-decreasing capacity? That storage does not have the ability to “spill over” into anything else; it simply stops. Everything that relies on data, like cell phones and computers, to name a couple, will cease storing and interpreting data As Yangchen (2017) explains “… data created by the world annually is expected to balloon by more than 10 times in the next decade, as people fill their hard drives, USB drives and smartphones with thousands of photos and personal documents.” So what does it all mean and why should we even care? Research indicates that it will only take 181 years to reach the saturation point where data can no longer be stored (Yangchen, 2017). Some may shrug that off as if to say “Whatever, I’ll be dead at that point.” That may be true but with the average life span increasing and centenarians (someone who lives to be 100 or older) becoming more commonplace than ever...

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