A meme is born: autonomous = secure

This is a guest post by Mark Gubrud (@mgubrud).

One of Joshua Foust’s assertions in his debate with Heather Roff was that making weapons autonomous was necessary in order to secure them against the threat of hacking. I posted a response after Foust reiterated this surprising argument in an article which seems to have gone semi-viral on the internet–launching what seems likely to become a persistent meme (canard, for those less fond of neologisms) in this debate.

Briefly, Foust argues that teleoperated drones today are too vulnerable to hacking through their communications links, and that the solution is to make them fully autonomous. And just as briefly, I show that this is wrong; the risk of remote-control links being hacked is exaggerated, and autonomy would only multiply the opportunities for hackers to cause great harm.



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