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Report Cites Dangers of Autonomous Weapons

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The Predator unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

A new report contends autonomous weapons would be uncontrollable in real-world environments.

Credit: U.S. Air Force

A new report written by a former Pentagon official who helped establish United States policy on autonomous weapons argues that such weapons could be uncontrollable in real-world environments where they are subject to design failure as well as hacking, spoofing and manipulation by adversaries.

In recent years, low-cost sensors and new artificial intelligence technologies have made it increasingly practical to design weapons systems that make killing decisions without human intervention. The specter of so-called killer robots has touched off an international protest movement and a debate within the United Nations about limiting the development and deployment of such systems.


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