Robotic Soldiers to Replace Humans in India?

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/science/India-developing-robotic-soldiers-to-replace-humans-in-warfare/articleshow/20516200.cms

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“With futuristic warfare in mind, India is working to develop robotic soldiers as part of efforts to boost unmanned fighting capabilities, joining a select group of countries in this endeavour.

Under the project being undertaken by DRDO, robots would be developed with very high level of intelligence to enable them to differentiate between a threat and a friend”

The government of India and 5-6 companies are developing technology including artificial intelligence in the robotic soldier form, to help alleviate the loss of human life in warfare and in a myriad of other ways.  That being said, it is really good to see more than just a few countries working on robotic technology, which is a major tenet of the proponent of transhumanism.  It will be interesting to follow in the next few years to view what some of applications will be in the working prototypes.  Machine Intelligence is something people tend to think of in apocalypse type scenarios.

Even though these robotic soldiers are being developed and built for defensive purposes and to save human lives, we will in the near future apply this technology with our bodies, or better yet, merge physically with the technology itself.  Our biology is not built to withstand hundreds or even thousands of years of existence.  However, with the research regarding the integration of machine intelligence, and synthetic biology advancing to extend our lifespans, we will have the opportunity to live indefinitely and possibly in various forms of our own choosing.  Even though there is a considerable amount of time until these technologies become available, it would be wise of us to begin discussing the ethical scenarios that may occur.  Even the government of India recognizes the importance of developing the correct technologies for robotic soldiers, which can later be related to future expansion into the human body, 

“He said many new technologies have to be developed such as “miniature communication, materials, cognitive technologies, self-learning processes and interaction with human.”

Chander said “already five to six countries are actively working. They have not yet developed it fully but they are in fairly advanced stages. This is one of my priority areas.”

Developing machine and artificial intelligence should be a priority for more than 5-6 countries on .  However, the focus should be on augmenting intelligence for physical, educational, and recreational body modifications for all, so we can have the opportunity to enhance our lifespans, capacities, and capabilities in whatever fashion we choose as long as it does not incur loss of life or damage to another person, enhanced or not.  The 2nd most important focus should be on radical life extension and the development of super intelligence to aid in seeking to live indefinitely.
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