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Reining in fully autonomous ’killer robots’

mercredi 10 avril 2013

The "Terminator" film made famous the words "I’ll be back" - and now self-directed robot warriors are on the way.

A science fiction-like arms race is quietly underway around the globe with the development of robots possessing the autonomy to decide who shall live and die in wars of the future.

Fully autonomous machines could be deployed on battlefields within decades, and debate over the moral, ethical and legal consequences of unleashing "killer robots" is heating up around the world.

Military planners envision artificially intelligent machines that could win future wars by deciding who is an enemy to be terminated, while saving human soldiers from fighting at a far cheaper cost.

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