Saturday, March 10, 2007

Blair is creating super-intelligent military robots that will rise up and destroy us all

It seems that someone in the Ministry of Defence may have a sense of humour:

“The British military is set to take one of its most significant steps into the digital age with the launch of the first Skynet 5 satellite.
“The spacecraft will deliver secure, high-bandwidth communications for UK and ‘friendly’ forces across the globe. It is part of a multi-billion-pound project that will allow the Army, Royal Navy and RAF to pass much more data, faster between command centres.”

Skynet, as I’m sure you all remember from the Terminator films,

“is a machine network that has gone on a mission to terminate all humans in a global war. ... Skynet was first built as a Global Digital Defense Network, made to generate machine models that would replace U.S. military personnel and vehicles. Skynet became self-aware and decided to terminate all humans to protect its existence. Every nuclear missile in the USA under Skynet's control was launched and in the counterattack of other nations 3 billion humans were killed in two minutes.”

Fortunately, the Government’s record on getting new computer systems to work efficiently suggests that we don’t have much to worry about.

1 comment:

Matt M said...

I don't think we should worry too much: it's a government project funded through PFI - it's doomed to fall apart at some point.