OPINION: It’s Time To Decide Whether Or Not To Put Limits On Killer Robots

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In an article for Salon, author Wendell Wallach writes that we are at a critical point in history and must decide whether or not to place limits on the use of robotic weaponry.


“For decades, Hollywood has supplied us with plenty of reasons to be frightened about the roboticization of warfare. But now that drones and autonomous antimissile defense systems have been deployed, and many other forms of robotic weaponry are under development, the inflection point where it must be decided whether to go down this road has arrived,” writes Wallach.

The idea of a Terminator or Matrix-like takeover by machines is certainly far fetched, but that doesn’t mean that the use of robotics in war isn’t without its moral, and in many cases, literal risks. If the U.S. continues to produce and operate drones in war without a clear set of guidelines restricting their use, what happens when other countries follow suit — also free of restriction and rules?

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