‘Killer Robots’ and the Future of War

Amanda Connolly, writing for iPolitics, discusses the potentially disturbing implications of so-called “killer robots” for modern warfare (“‘Killer robots’ could spark violence against Canadians, change global power balances: DND,” iPolitics, 19 July 2015).

“One of the main arguments used by those supporting the development of lethal autonomous weapons — “killer robots”, to use the popular term — is that they have to potential to keep human beings out of harm’s way. But what if their use sparks a violent backlash against the very people they are meant to protect?”

“That’s one of the concerns raised by officials at the Department of National Defence in documents obtained by iPolitics through an access to information request. The memos outline what policy analysts at the Department of National Defence see as possible ramifications of the use of the weapons, known as LAWS, and suggest that their use could prompt attacks on Canadians by the people they are used against.”

Read the full article here: “‘Killer robots’ could spark violence against Canadians, change global power balances: DND,” (iPolitics, 19 July 2015)
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