27 Apr '16, 12am

Autonomous Robots in the Fog of War. #AI #Robotics

Autonomous Robots in the Fog of War. #AI #Robotics

Photo: Don Farrall/Getty Images Books have been written about the feasibility and ethics of weaponizing robots, and it's not my intent to explore that topic in any great detail here. The fact is, weaponized robots—missile-launching unmanned combat air vehicles, rifle-toting unmanned combat ground vehicles, and mine-deploying unmanned combat underwater vehicles—are already a reality. At present the decision of whether these robots attack is still left to humans. But as robots gain more autonomy, will we or won't we allow them to decide to fire weapons on their own? The U.S. Defense Department continues to mull the issue. In 2007, for instance, it released a report called Unmanned Systems Safety Guide for DOD Acquisition [PDF] , which includes a section on designing weaponized unmanned systems. It lays out a number of ethical, legal, and technical areas of concern that any d...

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