by Mary Taylor, All News Pipeline:
Battling a wall of iron men without human feelings or weaknesses—the book of Joel clues us in on how future wars will be fought. In fact, in the final war, we may not be fighting men at all, but synthetic fabrications, all mere imitations of life!
Just read how this Old Testament prophet describes a nation of future invaders who will lay waste the land during the end times when a day called “the Day of the Lord” is near.
“The day of the Lord is coming. It is close at hand….Like dawn spreading across the mountains a large and mighty army comes, such as never was of old nor ever will be in ages to come.” Joel 2:2
According to Joel, these invaders are not ordinary soldiers; charging forth, they devour the people and the land, and nothing escapes them. At the sight of them, all mighty warriors, nations tremble and every face turns pale.
Nothing affects those who make up this army! They seem super-human, rushing on cities and moving more like army tanks than men as they scale buildings and mow down walls.
“They all march in line, never swerving from their course. They do not jostle each other; each marches straight ahead. They plunge through defenses without breaking ranks… Before them, the earth shakes; the sky trembles.” Joel 2:7-10
Can these soldiers be human? Or could they be the pre-programmed robots—Terminator-style killers–that are being developed today to wage future warfare?
It has been predicted that by the year 2025, the US military will have more robot soldiers on the battlefield than real ones. A top British intelligence expert, John Basset, said he sees deadly combat robots “rapidly becoming a reality of modern day warfare.”
At the same time, Newsline.com reported that the Pentagon has announced it’s investing millions to maximize this country’s performance on future battlefields. Their plan is to develop “combined-arms squads”–military units consisting of both human soldiers and robots.
While this investment in research and design of robotic systems may help the country gain military edge over rivals like China and Russia, those countries are not lagging behind. They’re being quick to jump on the bandwagon and create their own versions of robotic weapons.
Russian President Putin, speaking to a group of students in the fall, predicted that the country that masters artificial intelligence technology will excel in military might “and will rule the world.”
“The development of artificial intelligence raises colossal opportunities and threats that are difficult to predict now,” Putin added.
We must wonder, then, what kinds of threats civilization will face as AI research continues and the “robot genie” is released from the bottle. Several academics and social science savants have already spoken up about the very real risks for civilization.
Peter Singer, a strategist for the New America Foundation, warned that while armies must brace themselves for battle against killer machines, the public needs to be prepared also.
“It’s not just about when robotic warfare is going to happen,” he said, “but we don’t yet know whether in a situation of war it is going to benefit the offense or defense. In the end, what will the effects be?”
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