Robots and computers will commit more crime than humans by 2040, expert warns


The UK Daily Mail has the article Robots and computers will commit more crime than humans by 2040, expert warns.

I post this as just one example of a published article where this thought has occurred to people. Yesterday, I would have reacted to such an article the way many who commented on it did. Most comments were very dismissive of the idea. For some reason, last night, it occurred to me that what is in this article is just a logical conclusion.

If Amazon can create drones to deliver packages, someone else could create a drone to steal a package. If the police can have robots to disarm criminals with less danger to police, a criminal could have a robot to commit armed robbery. With all the examples of cyber-crime we already know about, why wouldn’t a criminal start to think about how to use robots to commit crimes remotely from the human perpetrator?

The issue is not what some comments on the article say of a robot deciding to be a criminal. The issue is exactly what these commenters foresee. That is that there will be criminal people who will create robots to commit crimes for the criminal people.

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