Has a rampaging AI algorithm really killed thousands in Pakistan?

A killer AI has gone on a rampage through Pakistan, slaughtering perhaps thousands of people. At least that’s the impression you’d get if you read this report from Ars Technica (based on NSA documents leaked by The Intercept), which claims that a machine learning algorithm guiding U.S. drones – unfortunately named ‘SKYNET’ – could have wrongly targeted numerous innocent civilians.

  • tom_billesley

    AI Akbar!

  • Spatchcocked

    Well….time to dismantle the whole drone program then…let Bob Rae Al Sharpton Justine and the Pope work out fair reparations…
    I personally blame GW Bush….Mike Harris….Rob Ford….WE duBoise….Ma Rainey….Beethoven….Harper of course…..Jews, even Hasidim……Robert Oppenheimer…..von Schlieffen and Clausewitz…….Frederich Hayek…and Henry the K.
    May their souls burn in Hell for eternity.

  • The Butterfly

    I don’t mind using Pakistan as a testing ground. After all, they harboured Osama Bin Laden. Obama also promised war with Pakistan.

    • Yea I ain’t busted up at the thought myself.

      • Justin St.Denis

        My beer ain’t losing its fizz, either.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    “A killer AI has gone on a rampage through Pakistan, slaughtering perhaps thousands of people.”

    What? Too soon?

    No, seriously, I don’t give a damn about your average Pakistanis, who would just as soon slit everyone of our throats as look as us. Even if every word of this story is true, and it probably isn’t, ‘better to happen in Pakistan than anywhere else on the planet.

    • Heh;)

    • Physics grad

      You are too kind. I would pay extra taxes if the govt would nuke Pakistan.

    • andycanuck

      They’re just working out the kinks.

    • Justin St.Denis

      I think we can all agree on that last point.

  • Morticiaa

    Good too bad it couldn’t take out a few refugee camps too especially the Islamic ones

  • Clausewitz

    No screen shots…… Then it didn’t happen.

    • Justin St.Denis

      Doesn’t it always turn out that way?

  • Ron MacDonald

    Who cares!

  • DD_Austin

    It likely has Wi-fi
    And A.I.
    and it’s been reading the comment section of this blog
    It follows “Drunk by Noon”

    • andycanuck

      It can only be attributable to human error.

      • DD_Austin

        Pakistanis are human errors

  • Hard Little Machine

    The Intercept is Glenn Greenwald’s psychotic imagination. I can’t BELIEVE he’s still flogging that Ed Snowden horse

    • Justin St.Denis

      It’s fuckin’ glue, already, Glenn! 😉

  • Physics grad

    OK first problem – there are no such thing as “innocent muslims” in pakistan

  • Canadian

    I don`t care!
    I guess that makes me a bad person, but I don`t care about that too.