A Veteran’s Perspective on “Killer Robots”

A Veteran’s Perspective on “Killer Robots”

Technological advances in robotics and other fields are already assisting soldiers with dull, dirty, and dangerous jobs on the battlefield. Within the military such advances should be encouraged, particularly in such areas as detecting explosive devices, search and rescue, and certain engineering tasks. However, many in uniform — both serving and retired — are seriously concerned about the prospect of delegating responsibility for the critical functions in weapons systems over to machines — that is, assigning decisions on whether, what and when to engage lethal force, to machines.

The emerging technology to do just that raises many technical, legal, operational, ethical and moral challenges.

Camilla Wood

UK based Legal Aid Lawyer

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