U.S. Department of Defense

In Theory: Exploring the ethical concerns surrounding ‘killer robots’

The Christian Science monitor reports a planned inaugural meeting of the United Nations to address the development of “killer robots” was called off, while an ambiguous policy at the Pentagon was allowed to continue.

The current Defense Department directive reads, “Autonomous and semi-autonomous weapon systems shall be designed to allow commanders and operators to exercise appropriate levels of human judgment over the use of force.”

However, “human judgment” in modern conflict may become obsolete in a world where machines make decisions faster than people.

Among the weapons in development are Britain’s Taranis, a stealth drone that would carry out its own missions, and a...

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