We have terrible news if you are not all that excited about rising automation and robot power. Your anxieties about robots taking human jobs in the near future will be minimal because they may soon be granted licence to take human lives. Authorities in San Francisco have proposed a rule that would permit its military-style robots to use lethal force when necessary and in other dangerous circumstances.
Typically, robots are utilised for bomb disposal and inspection. However, according to a US media report, the San Francisco Police Department intends to employ them for “criminal apprehensions, critical occurrences, exigent circumstances, executing a warrant, or during suspicious device inspections.” Local lawmakers had before tried to incorporate instructions that robots wouldn’t be used to kill people. The original guidance said that robots “must not be utilised as a method of force against any person.”But in a later draught, the SFPD eliminated that language and substituted instruction that permits the employment of killer robots.
Robot use of force has never been authorised in San Francisco before, nor has it ever been forbidden. This may represent the city’s legal crossing of the Rubicon. This draught policy will be presented to the full board on November 29 after being unanimously approved by the rules committee last week.