Wednesday, November 9, 2016

They're Coming and Nothing Will Stop Them

14 years ago in 2002 we made an extraordinary claim on Vault-Co ... we predicted the next war would be fought primarily by robots killing people on the ground where nukes could not be used.

This was clairvoyant in retrospect. It was one of the most inspired predictions I have ever made on this blog other than predicting that manned aircraft would be replaced by nuclear armed drones. (Back in 1998 in true tinfoil hat territory when the site was called TEXAS ARCANE'S SURVIVAL REPORT)

Some hoped for the equivalent of Isaac Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics to be required part of their design, so they could not be used in warfare. Of course that was science fantasy. That was never going to happen. The research and development to achieve the advances that they are demonstrating were themselves entirely funded by the military. These machines will soon be the deadliest weapon deployed against civilians and non-combatants the world has ever known. It is a natural progression that left unchecked will almost certainly become a reality.

There is nothing more terrifying than to imagine surviving a nuclear war only to be hunted down and killed by a drone or an autonomous ground unit. I don't know about you but I don't remember that particular threat ever being mentioned in the old civil defense brochures.

If you've ever been in the military you know how badly the command would like to replace the stupid meatbags with machines. No chow trucks, no medical care, no housing, no worries. It would be the dream of millennia for psychopaths to point a finger and kill without having to bother marshalling a human army. The humans would just be the ones doing the dying. All tyrants have dreamed of this day since Cain killed Abel.


nfoe said...

Tex, do you think that natural limestone caves or abandoned catacombs would make good vaults if they could be hidden and sealed for air leaks, etc.?

Texas Arcane said...


Absolutely! Wish I had one. Sealing them up and putting doors on them is probably a lot cheaper than excavating from scratch.

Plus that natural cavern feel would be excellent. I have looked at a lot of concrete finishes to try to find a similar look.

nfoe said...

How about limewash? The high pH might help with mould, and it reflects light marvellously. A bright finish will make better use of limited light.