Started up with this stuff in 2002 almost 14 years ago.
Sounded so crazy back then. So nuts. I wrote about it anyway, just recording my gut instincts on where the technology was going. I got email from people saying they didn't visit the site any longer because they realised I was just a run-of-the-mill madman obsessed with the apocalyptic Terminator movies. They weren't really reading what I wrote.
Imagine what a single madman could do with armies of these robots. Rule the world with a joystick.
They will always announce a series of strict regulations making certain that doesn't happen. It will happen a week later and they will blame human error. That's the problem. Humans make mistakes. Machines don't. Once set in motion, they do the same thing until shut down.
How did I know they would aim for autonomy? The fact is that humans are extraordinarily lazy. After a while, sitting there controlling one of these robots becomes tedious. Such a natural progression to cut 'em loose. It's so easy for the robots to spot viable targets. Giving off body heat in the wrong quadrant. What happens when every quadrant on the planet is marked as the "wrong" quadrant?