Could Science Defeat Terrorism? Using Robots to Hunt Down ISIS

The prospect of intelligence triumphing over ignorance is always encouraging. As a secular method to understand and explain the world, science can reveal gaps and holes in religious dogma, and by doing so, challenge extremist religious beliefs that do not hold up to observable experiments. As the world becomes increasingly networked (thanks in part to science), access to scientific knowledge may disrupt the very belief systems that are exploited and manipulated to recruit and motivate terrorists. But it could take years if not decades before science as a knowledge system infiltrates past the authoritarian walls of religious fundamentalism. In a more practical sense, applied science, and particularly artificial intelligence, may provide more immediate tactical benefits. Enter killer robots, artificially intelligent lethal machines capable of selecting and engaging targets without human…


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