Interesting headline and article at The Week:
The belief that humanoid robots are dangerous on the battlefield and need to be slowed before weapons systems become autonomous is at the heart of a debate raging in the robotic engineering community. On one side, there are people who believe that the use of unmanned robots must be stopped before war becomes an automated process.
“Giving machines the power¬†to decide who lives and dies on the battlefield would take technology too far,” Steve Goose, Arms Division director at Human Rights Watch, said in a November 2012 statement announcing the release of a study,¬†“Losing Humanity: The Case Against Killer Robots.”“Human control of robotic warfare is essential to minimizing civilian deaths and injuries.”
They’re seconded by the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, an international coalition of NGOs working to stop robotic warfare
“There are a lot of people very excited about this technology‚Ä¶ this is going to be big, big money. But actually there is no transparency, no legal process. The laws of war allow for rights of surrender, for prisoner of war rights, for a human face to take¬†judgments on collateral damage,” Noel Sharkey, an ethicist at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom and one of the main driver of the campaign, said in an interview last spring.¬† Read more »