In the “Terminator” movie franchise, the “Skynet” artificial intelligence is put in control of nuclear arsenals.
On its own, Skynet decides that people are the threat and more or less launches Armageddon to try to eliminate them.
According to a report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin, a top Russian official believes putting machines in charge of nuclear weapons is not all that farfetched.
Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who oversees the Russian defense industry, said in a report in Russia Today that he recently discussed the concept in a meeting with students at Tomsk Polytechnic University.
“Let’s consider the Hollywood movie ‘The Terminator,'” he said. “Once humans realize they are incapable of acting fast enough, they delegate the decision over launching a retaliation nuclear strike to a machine, Skynet.
“A machine is a machine. Should we entrust one with such a sacred thing as the existence of humanity? I doubt that.” he said.
He elaborated that he would be “scared” of putting a machine in charge of nuclear weapons.
But Russia Today explained that that with NATO’s deployment of military systems near Russia’s border, Moscow would have less time after receiving a launch warning to decide on whether to respond with a nuclear strike of its own.
The deputy PM explained that because machines can make decisions much faster than humans, NATO’s deployment could tempt Russia into entrusting its nuclear arsenal to an automated system.