Robot Soldiers headed to the battlefield?

Gone are the days when humans are killed in battle. The robot warfare age is upon us. It has been prophesied in movies such as the Terminator series, but this is the real thing.

Robots carrying high caliber weapons such as machine guns and automatic rifles have been conceptualized and developed by several companies such as iRobot and the Qinetiq subsidiary Foster-Miller. Their use in battle however raises ethical concerns whether robots have the right to take human lives.

Several groups including the United Nations have launched a campaign to stop the development, production and use of robots called Lethal Autonomous Robots or LARS. South African lawyer Christof Heyns is one of the proponents against LARS and he created a report to the United Nations Genral assembly regarding the LARS.

 

SWORDS Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV)

SWORDS Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) photo from Popular Mechanics

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