May 09, 2018

Autonomous Weapons or “Killer Robots”: The Next Threat to World Peace?

By Paul Scharre

Our guest is Paul Scharre, a former Army Ranger who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. He’s the director of the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. He’s written a book about the future of warfare- called Army of None.

Nations around the world are racing to build a variety of autonomous lethal weapons, with global spending on military robotics estimated to reach $7.5 billion this year. But what happens when a Predator drone has as much autonomy as a self-driving car? A growing chorus of voices are warning of the danger of autonomous weapons that could hunt for and destroy targets all on their own.


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