The Road to Singularity Leads to Space Wars?

In an interview over at IT Conversations, Wendell Wallach discussed the moral and ethical implications of  artificial intelligence. Here’s a key quote:

“Ultimately, he argues, we must keep in mind that we are biochemical
platforms. Our intelligence emerged out of emotions and instincts. In
contrast, computers start as logical platforms. In order for machines
to to make decisions in harmony with humans, we may need to introduce
emotional capacities, social skills, a sense of embodiment, and a
theory of mind. Even so, right now we are best off recognizing the
limits of what we can do.”

Meanwhile, up in space, the arms race continues. See Scientific American: Space Wars – Coming to the Sky Near You?

“That consensus is now in danger of unraveling. In October 2006 the Bush
administration adopted a new, rather vaguely worded National Space
Policy that asserts the right of the U.S. to conduct “space control”
and rejects “new legal regimes or other restrictions that seek to
prohibit or limit U.S. access to or use of space.” Three months later
the People’s Republic of China shocked the world by shooting down one
of its own aging Fengyun weather satellites, an act that resulted in a
hailstorm of dangerous orbital debris and a deluge of international
protests, not to mention a good deal of hand-wringing in American
military and political circles. The launch was the first test of a
dedicated antisatellite weapon in more than two decades—making China
only the third country, after the U.S. and the Russian Federation, to
have demonstrated such a technology. Many observers wondered whether
the test might be the first shot in an emerging era of space warfare.”

Military technology focus on destruction and killing, with minimal
consideration on morality and ethics. Since most major technological
developments resulted from military projects, I wonder what the technological singularity would look like in 2029. Movies, like The Terminator, offer us a glimpse of a grim future where morality and ethics take a back seat to cultural aggression.

The singularity (whatever it is) is creeping in faster and faster;
whether we’re aware of it or not; whether we’re ready or not. I’m
hoping that the “Star Wars” scenario gives way to the “Star Trek”
scenario–space exploration winning over space exploitation.

Speaking of space, what do you think are those big objects?