> "You can't appeal to robots for mercy or empathy - or punish them afterwards"
But they are infinitely easier to re-program and send back. I'm sure a few hacked droids coming back which promptly explode will cause some pause.
Though no doubt the folly will be to "keep digging" rather than consider what kind of world is being created.
> "Some 4 per cent of US factories have "major robotics accidents" every year..."
How long before a real-life ED-209 moment?
This killing machine was built by the lowest bidder using the weakest design principles (aka the cheapest). Explain to me how that isn't going to result in 0 deaths, 0 injuries before it gets to the field because of malfunction.
In T2, there is the scene where the young John Connor quips "I guess skynet doesn't want you to do too much thinking", referring to the neural-net of the terminator being in "read-only" mode.
The same could be said of the DoD and CIA - not a whole lot of thinking going on there either.