‘Surely, we’ll never create weapons that can decide to kill without our control.’ The steady progression towards more automation in our weaponry continues. But, there’s usually an implicit and sometimes explicit rationalization that emphasizes the decision to fire remaining in human control. We reserve the right to be the only thing that can push the button. Autonomy, however, is becoming more pervasive; which means it is also then considered for the military. Maybe everyone will decide that it is too dangerous to create autonomous killing machines. It is more likely that many nations will not make them, but that a sufficiently desperate nation will create them. Technology has advanced and simplified enough that they may be created by people with private armies, arms dealers, or terrorists. The US DoD is considering their options. The world, however, will likely have to consider responses to the almost inevitable reality of the deployment of autonomous weapons, killer robots unleashed on humans.
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