AI Robots in Our Lives: Can they take them away?

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Our world has reached the point where things in a sci-fi novel are taking shape here in the real world. AI robots are indeed a plausible solution to ease our burdens, but should they be given the authority to take lives by engaging in war?


by Akshitha Sahu

The world today is not the same as it was just a few years ago. While it’s hard to fathom how much can change in so little time, we are still faced with making a decision for the future. Artificial intelligence (AI) is something that has already started to make its way into essential parts of our lives, and the future we prospect will only be more intense with advanced technology. The question that pesters many is how much power we are willing to give AI robots, more importantly, if they should have the authority to take lives.

This is where the trilemma lies. One side claims that AI robots are beneficial for killing, while another states that it’s too risky. However, could there possibly be a midpoint between both?


Armed AI robots have a better outcome.


Robots are the future, and the best way forward is to use autonomous robots with certain capabilities that humans shy away from. Specifically in war, the Army University Press says that AI robots can multiply force, which means that fewer fighters are needed to fight in the war.


Imagine living your worst nightmares time and time again. Imagine these nightmares as memories of a battlefield. The pure chaos that veterans have

PTSD from war can be reduced p.c: shutterstock

to deal with causes Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD is such an experience where the individual would live the moment which started the trauma over and over again. The American Psychiatric Association tells the story of such a person after returning from a posting in Afghanistan. The veteran had a temper that could be tipped off by a straw and had a nature which exploded at others. In all honesty, this is not an experience anyone should have to go through. But that doesn’t change the fact that 11-20 people out of 100 veterans suffer from PTSD, explained the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. By using automated AI robots in war, the number of veterans who have to live with PTSD can be reduced. The constant reminders of their battles could be prevented.


Along with the mental health benefits, with the help from AI, the number of casualties faced during war is likely to decrease as well. People who fight with their lives wouldn’t have to constantly worry about losing them. AI seems reliable and can be programmed to suit the situation at hand. This adaptability of the robot can cause real advances.


(Clarification: This article is not meant to glorify war).


Armed AI robots are far too risky.


While AI bots may seem to be the best, there are a few questions we must ask. Do we want to have armed robots that could possibly malfunction and threaten the community where our children play? What about the destruction they can cause? Robots can go haywire. Ever

Robot Army from the Terminator

heard of “rogue robots?” This is when a robot’s AI gets so corrupted that they turn against us. It’s the classic scenario we expect in a fictional movie. The creator invents something that seeks to o