General Pershing: To build a decent Skynet, we will need a fleet of unmanned submarines that can deliver unmanned aerial and naval drones to the doorstep of any country that disagrees with us. We’ll also need a network of laser-armed sky-level platforms (maybe satellites or balloons or towers) to shoot down enemy drones. Drones are cheap to build so we can expect our enemies to use them against us in the near future.
DARPA official: But general, what if the public objects strongly to this?
General Pershing: Psss. We’ll just make it a top secret project. That way nobody can criticize us, and journalists will have almost no information to report.
DARPA official: Right ho, general. Let’s pay University XXX and Company YYY 100 billion dollars to build one. Hydra sounds like a really cool name for it, don’t you think? But who is going to control this myriad of devices. Nuclear missiles too, right?
General Pershing: No problema! This will all be controlled effortlessly by our Skynet quantum computer AI, now being developed by University XXX and Company YYY
DARPA official: Hot dog, General!
Check out the following news item, widely reported throughout the internet:
DARPA’s ‘Hydra’ would be an undersea drone carrier,
by Devin Coldewey NBC News (July 23, 2013)
The “(Hydra) Proposer’s Day” event, at which further details will be announced and initial ideas heard ahead of a broader announcement, will be held at Johns Hopkins University on Aug. 5. Darpa will be accepting proposals on Aug. 5
Solicitation Number: DARPA-SN-13-42