Trans-Humanist Leader Warns that AI Robots have “Potential to Uprise and Rebel”
SEAN MARTIN | Express UK
US Presidential hopeful Zoltan Istvan, a Third Party candidate in the race to become the next leader of America, has said America, and other Western countries, will begin phasing out humans for war and replace them with robots.Mr Istvan, a transhumanist – a movement that wants to use science and technology to radically change the human being and the human experience by merging our bodies with machine – and futurist says that the process of replacing humans with machines in war-zones has already begun.
The 44-year old claims helicopter pilots have already been told that they are not going to be actual pilots within five years.
He told Express Online: “The other day they sat down 500 of the best navy helicopter pilots in a room and said ‘so I know you’ve all been training for your Top Gun missions and you want to go into the field and do this but over the next few years we’re going to be phasing out all manned helicopter missions and you’re going to be sitting at an office in Washington DC flying drone helicopters, so be prepared.
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“‘If you came here to fly manned missions, that’s not going to be happening much longer’.“We don’t want to put our navy personnel directly in the field if we can avoid it.”
Mr Istvan says the future of Navy personnel in the US will be confined to a desk, controlling a drone or something of similar ilk – which they were not too pleased about hearing.
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He continued: “These were guys who saw the movie Top Gun and wanted to be out in the field, not sat behind a desk playing video games.”The next step of the process will see humans being completely phased out of war-zones, and Mr Istvan went as far as to say: “Within 10 years time, I’d bet there won’t be any deaths of US soldiers in war zones.
“There will still probably be special forces, but even they are going to have to be replaced at some point.”
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The Reasoning for this? “There is no way that we’re going to send a human being to do what a robot can do for far cheaper.“A lot of soldiers come back, and then the US government has to support them and pay them money per month, which I think we should do, but that’s another incentive to spend up front on machines so that you don’t end up having these huge military bills taking care of veterans.
“Eventually, there will come a point where we no longer create disabled veterans. We will use machines.”
However, there is a great fear around the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in war for many reasons, mainly because they have the potential to uprise and rebel.For this, Mr Istvan says that initially all robots will be controlled by humans.
He said: “I think right now there is a great fear of machines controlling machines.