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Killer Robot Drones are Awesome

Drone?technology?is awesome, that is unless you are a terrorist having a little visit from a Hellfire missile.

But opposition is hotting up, and predictably it is the woofters at the UN who are agitating the most. Foreign Policy has a list of the killer drones.

With the United Nations Human Rights Council debating the development of lethal robots at its meeting in Geneva today, Human Rights Watch is?ramping up?its campaign to get world governments to?preemptively ban the use of killer robots?that can decide to attack a target without consulting their human controllers first. Despite the fact that the Pentagon has?said thatU.S. drones will not be able to fire weapons without “appropriate” levels of human control, HRW worries that battlefield necessity will do away with such voluntary restrictions.

“While a positive step, [DOD’s policy on lethal drones] is not a comprehensive or permanent solution to the potential problems posed by fully autonomous systems,” reads a May 28 Human Rights Watch statement. “The policy of self-restraint it embraces may also be hard to sustain if other nations begin to deploy fully autonomous weapons systems.”? Read more »