Ro­bot sol­diers

Isis Town and Country - - Opinion -

WILL a fully au­ton­o­mous ma­chine re­place 007? Not if em­i­nent sci­en­tists have any per­sua­sive in­flu­ence. Sci­en­tists are call­ing for a pre-emp­tive ban on ro­bot killers, call­ing on a halt to the de­vel­op­ment of fully au­ton­o­mous weapons sys­tems. Pro­to­types ex­ist, and fully au­ton­o­mous weapons are within gen­er­a­tional reach. Pro­po­nents ar­gue that au­ton­o­mous weapons will de­crease bat­tle­field ca­su­al­ties, while op­po­nents ar­gue that they will in­crease bat­tle fre­quency, with con­se­quen­tial in­creases in civil­ian deaths.

Di­eter Moeckel,

Won­bah

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