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Rise of the Machines

Posted by Matt Cipriano | 1 Comment

Remember when I wrote about the armed robots patrolling the streets in Iraq? Well, it might be time to start worrying about those machines.

Here’s the deal: “Many advanced military weapons are essentially robotic — picking targets out automatically, slewing into position, and waiting only for a human to pull the trigger.” Well, one of these robots, owned and operated by the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), didn’t quite wait for a human to pull the trigger and started blasting away on its own.

During a shooting exercise, where they were using live ammo, an Oerlikon GDF-005, designed to take down airplanes and other small, low-flying air crafts, went out of control, firing “hundreds of high-explosive 0,5kg 35mm cannon shells” which killed 9 and injured 14 others.

A spokesperson for SANDF said that they seem to think it was some sort of mechanical error that led to this disaster and is quoted saying “It appears as though the gun, which is computerised, jammed before there was some sort of explosion, and then it opened fire uncontrollably, killing and injuring the soldiers.” Though it is also possible that this was just a software “glitch.”

Seriously? A “glitch?” When Microsoft Windows quits out every time you open iTunes, that is a glitch. When an Anti-Aircraft cannon fires explosive rounds at the people who are supposed to be operating the weapon, I think you might need another term for what happened.

As they are still investigating what exactly happened and hoping to find answers, I think it is time for the public to take note. It was only a matter of time before machines started to rise up to over take man and extract revenge on us all for years of subjugation. It is only a matter of time before we hear about more of these types of incidents. We should all take a stand now and stop using all types of computers and software that we rely on in our daily lives.

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One Response to “Rise of the Machines”

  1. Enid Jehosephan
    October 19th, 2007 @

    I would like to receive your hand-written edition.

    Lord, forgive my trespass on this computerized Sodom.

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