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Weapons systems that kill according to algorithms are coming. What to do?

Lasrick (2629253) writes | about 9 months ago

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Lasrick (2629253) writes "Mark Gubrud has another great piece exploring the slippery slope we seem to be traveling down when it comes to autonomous weapons systems: Quote: 'Autonomous weapons are robotic systems that, once activated, can select and engage targets without further intervention by a human operator. Advances in computer technology, artificial intelligence, and robotics may lead to a vast expansion in the development and use of such weapons in the near future. Public opinion runs strongly against killer robots. But many of the same claims that propelled the Cold War are being recycled to justify the pursuit of a nascent robotic arms race. Autonomous weapons could be militarily potent and therefore pose a great threat.' This article is in a special issue of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists subscription journal; articles in the section on Emerging Military Technologies are free access (five articles)."
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