SurvivalBlog presents another edition of The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods— a collection of news bits and pieces that are relevant to the modern survivalist and prepper from “HJL”. Today’s question of the day is about AI and murder. Who do you charge when an AI robot commits murder?
Reader M.H. sent in this interesting tidbit of information: “Don’t have any 4-0 prolene or gut sutures handy? A temporary suture can be made of unflavored dental floss. Make sure you use an unopened roll as it is sterile.”
Protests in France
The French are not happy. Riot police ended up having to fire tear gas into a protest of 30,000 Frenchmen. In true anarchist fashion, the protesters hurled objects at police and set stuff on fire while waving an array of flags and ramming metal barriers into police. Police, in kind, are using water cannons and other riot gear in response. The reason? Apparently, the french feel that they are paying too much at the gas pump and are protesting French President Emmanuel Macron over the rising Fuel prices. Two people have been killed so far including a 62-year-old woman who was run over by a driver who panicked when their car was surrounded by demonstrators. A recent poll suggests that up to 73% of Frenchmen are in support of the protests.
AI and Murder
Who is held responsible when an AI robot malfunctions and kills a human? HBO is airing a documentary on this very subject. Apparently, a Volkswagen factory in Germany had an assembly robot malfunction and it smashed a 21-year-old auto plant worker against a wall, crushing his chest and killing him. These robots were able to move and operate independently with some level of AI involved. Isaac Asimov supposedly solved this dilemma with the three immutable robotic laws, but current AI technology is nowhere near advanced enough for something like that. (I’m not sure the laws were as foolproof as the stories claim either.) But who gets charged in a murder case like this one?
Men have been killed in industrial accidents since the beginning of industry, but at best, you can only hold the owner, designer, builder, or installer of a machine responsible if they did something wrong. Having a near-sentient machine suggests that things are about to get complicated. Thanks to G.P. for the link.
Recovering From Fire
Reader G.G. sent in this article about people recovering from the recent California fires. Some have just pulled up roots and moved on, but others are returning to the mess to clean it up and start again. Residents are erecting temporary structures to protect themselves and their equipment from the weather as they start the process of rebuilding. One resident describes how lonely it is in the burned out remains of his home. The only visitors he had was when his home was suddenly surrounded by two dozen armed police officers. Apparently, he was about 120 feet from where President Trump was assessing the damage of the Skyway Villa Mobile Home Park.
Reader T.Z. sent in this article on why the congressmen who wanted to nuke Omaha will never get a chance to do that. Why would the congressman go there? The article states that it’s because the progressive left just doesn’t understand the debate. While they repeatedly spawn social media memes with lots of advanced military hardware pointed at U.S. citizens, all of the memes and jokes boil down to the concept that there will be no resistance due to fear. Like most memes, they take an incredibly complex situation and over-simplify it. Is the 2nd Amendment obsolete because the federal government is too overwhelmingly powerful? It seems that the leftist progressives haven’t taken a look at history.
Unless you physically wipe out all of the population, you can’t squash a rebellion. The article suggests that the U.S. has spent upwards of 6 trillion dollars fighting relatively few insurgents in the middle east and they haven’t stopped them yet.
Socialism and Precious Metals
Reader H.L. sent in this article with an interesting perspective on how socialism may trigger the third and greatest precious metal bull market. The article takes pains to define what they mean by socialism which is not the traditional definition. Modern socialism is more about income redistribution and “tax the rich” ideals than it is about the control of the means of production by the government. In the past two great PM bull markets, the triggers seem to be spending increases, escalating government deficits and currency creation along with rising interest and inflation. We are seeing that same pattern now. Will the resulting PM market be the same?
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