Drones May Be Able to Make Lethal Decisions on Their Own

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Eventually, drones may have the technical ability to make even lethal decisions autonomously: to respond to a programmed set of inputs, select a target and fire their weapons without a human reviewing or checking the result. Yet the idea of the U.S. military deploying a lethal autonomous robot, or LAR, is sparking controversy. Though autonomy might address some of the current downsides of how drones are used, they introduce new downsides policymakers are only just learning to grapple with.

[From Soon, Drones May Be Able to Make Lethal Decisions on Their Own - NationalJournal.com]