Deadly drones are an all too common part of modern warfare. Death raining from the sky has terrorized the “bad guys” as well as the innocents. Much criticism has been stated about a video game type war where an operator gives the drone instructions to kill people half the globe away. They are so effective in creating terror and mayhem that it seems that all the modern militias want them.
Drones are increasingly being employed as surveillance tools with civilians as targets.
Now comes the really bad news. Work on military robots is already well advanced. The US proudly shows off its jumping robot, its running robot and its snakey robot. Once YouTube has videos of it, it is old news.
To forestall the development and deployment of killer robots, Human Rights Watch and Harvard Law School International Human Rights Clinic are urging the banning of fully autonomous weapons. As far as the public knows, no military has yet produced a working model, but given the large sums spent on weapons and military research they are expected to become a reality unless they are stopped.
“It is essential to stop the development of killer robots before they show up in national arsenals,” Goose said. “As countries become more invested in this technology, it will become harder to persuade them to give it up.” Steve Goose, Human Rights Watch
To allow the deployment of such weapons paints a nightmare picture of a near future dystopia. Below is a two year old robot built to kill indoors.
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