March 20, 2014

Killer Robots: Natural Evolution or Abomination?

Featuring Paul Scharre

Source: Yahoo!

Journalist Erik Schechter

Ask some technologists, and they’ll say that lethal autonomous weapons—machines that can select and destroy targets without human intervention—are the next step in modern warfare, a natural evolution beyond today’s remotely operated drones and unmanned ground vehicles. Others will decry such systems as an abomination and a threat to international humanitarian law (IHL) or the law of armed conflict.

The U.N. Human Rights Council has, for now, called for a moratorium on the development of killer robots. But activist groups like the International Committee for Robot Arms Control (ICRAC) want to see this class of weapon completely banned. The question is whether it is too early—or too late—for a blanket prohibition. Indeed, depending on how one defines “autonomy,” such systems are already in use.

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  • Paul Scharre

    Senior Fellow and Director, Technology and National Security Program

    Paul Scharre is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. He is author of the forthcoming book, A...