Does the adage “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people” apply to high tech?
Blake Resnick, CEO of BRINC, a company that wants to sell drones to the police, has developed a drone equipped with stun guns, according to The Intercept. Resnick is a 21-year-old entrepreneur who recently received $25 million in venture capital from Silicon Valley investors. Resnick was recently included in the Forbes ’30 under 30′ list and is a Thiel Fellowship recipient.
Resnick turns out to be an impressive young man.
According to The Intercept, Resnick told Fox Business’s Stuart Varney that his company’s drones now help police defuse dangerous hostage situations on an almost daily basis. In the interview, Resnick echoed the claim that he founded the company “largely” in response to the Las Vegas massacre in 2017. Resnick wanted to help law enforcement save lives with nonviolent robots equipped with artificial intelligence.
Resnick seems to be a rising star in the world of high tech. According to BRINC’s Values and Ethics page, the company will “never build technologies designed to hurt or kill.” This is in line with his commitment to “saving lives” and his promise not to “build dystopia”.
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Resnick may be dreaming of a highway to heaven, but could the road he’s paving lead to hell?
BRINC faced backlash when a 2018 promotional video showed a “wall of drones” would be used to “attack migrants crossing the US-Mexico border”.
Blake Resnick claims Brinc was created “largely” as a life-saving response to the mass shooting in Las Vegas in 2017. But a company promo video reveals a different vision: Selling Taser-armed drones to attack migrants crossing the US-Mexico border. to cross. https://t.co/ZMBfDb8sqH pic.twitter.com/k3pnN2uubA
— The Intercept (@theintercept) Dec 14, 2021
Three years later, Resnick told The Interceptor in emails that the promotional video for the drones is “immature, deeply regrettable and not at all representative of the direction I’ve taken the company since then.” The Wall of Drones, Resnick said, was “never fully developed, sold, or used operationally.” The program was discontinued in 2018 because it is “prone to catastrophic abuse”.
Well said, Mr. Resnick. The notion “with great power comes great responsibility”, at least dates back to the parable of the sword of Damocles, popularized by the Roman politician and philosopher Cicero in 45 BC.
The sword was given to Damocles by the mighty king Dionysius, who was concerned about the murder. Dionysius, you see, kept order in his kingdom by the use of an iron fist. Damocles thought he was flattering Dionysius one day when he told him how blissful his life as king must be.
Annoyed, Dionysius invited Damocles to switch places. Damocles accepted and took a seat on the king’s golden couch. Damocles had just gotten used to being served juicy meat by servants when he saw a razor-sharp sword hovering over his head. The sword was attached to the ceiling with a single horsehair.
Fast forward to 1961. In a speech to the United Nations, then-President John F. Kennedy said: “Every man, woman and child lives under a nuclear sword of Damocles, hanging by the thinnest threads, capable of being cut at any moment. moment by accident or miscalculation or by madness.”
For Kennedy, the sword of Damocles was technology itself, atomic bombs. The idea that technology can solve all our problems is like the gold bank Damocles sat on. It’s comfortable. It feels safe. But that is not it.
Watch out, young Mr Resnick. The atomic bombs were not yet equipped with AI.
Transhumanism has been defined as “the science of improving the human population through technologies such as genetic engineering and artificial intelligence.” Jeffery Epstein, alleged sex trafficker par excellence, was a strong proponent of transhumanism, according to The New York Times. Epstein had no intention of using technology to save the world from itself. He intended to have the world to himself. And his appetite was apparently insatiable.
AI, whether it is used to enforce the law or improve human intelligence, does not affect human morality. Humans have not advanced much in that regard and we have produced a lot of technology since we invented the wheel.
While technology can help hard-pressed law enforcement officers protect the southern border from illegal immigration, it can also kill people without the human touch. In other words, an AI-powered drone may not need a human to pull the trigger.
Virtue, the old kind of Western civilization, not technology, will be the key to saving humanity from itself.
This article originally appeared on The Western Journal.