Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Monday, October 29, 2012 6:50 pm

Ghost in the drone?; or, Skynet harbinger

Filed under: Uncategorized — Lex @ 6:50 pm

I realize we’re all a little busy right now what with an apocalyptic storm battering the mid-Atlantic, but apparently we have other existential crises, too:

Air Force mechanics have reported mysterious incidents in which the airborne robots went haywire. In March 2011, a Predator parked at the camp started its engine without any human direction, even though the ignition had been turned off and the fuel lines closed. Technicians concluded that a software bug had infected the “brains” of the drone, but never pinpointed the problem. “After that whole starting-itself incident, we were fairly wary of the aircraft and watched it pretty closely,” an unnamed Air Force squadron commander testified to an investigative board, according to a transcript. “Right now, I still think the software is not good.”

I have seen this movie. Absent the intervention of a reformed Schwarzeneggerbot, it will not end well.



  1. Comment by Fred Gregory — Monday, October 29, 2012 7:02 pm @ 7:02 pm | Reply

  2. @Fred: Perfect!

    Comment by Lex — Monday, October 29, 2012 7:13 pm @ 7:13 pm | Reply

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