20 October 2007

Primul robot ucigas: 9 morti, 14 raniti

Cele mai multe sisteme computerizate folosite in armata acum au rolul de a gasi tintele insa in general e nevoie de un om care sa apese pe tragaci. Armata din Africa de Sud s-a gandit sa incerce sa elimine factorul uman complet. Rezultatul: un "accident".
SA National Defence Force spokesman brigadier general Kwena Mangope says the cause of the malfunction is not yet known... Media reports say the shooting exercise, using live ammunition, took place at the SA Army's Combat Training Centre, at Lohatlha, in the Northern Cape, as part of an annual force preparation endeavour. Mangope told The Star that it “is assumed that there was a mechanical problem, which led to the accident. The gun, which was fully loaded, did not fire as it normally should have," he said. "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." Other reports have suggested a computer error might have been to blame. Defence pundit Helmoed-Römer Heitman told the Weekend Argus that if “the cause lay in computer error, the reason for the tragedy might never be found."
Mi se pare ca motivul accidentului nu e chiar asa de greu de gasit: cine si-a inchipuit ca e o idee buna sa construiesti roboti ucigasi autonomi?!