Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems and the Fight to Contain Them

Source: CounterPunch
by Rebecca Gordon

“Here’s a scenario to consider: a military force has purchased a million cheap, disposable flying drones each the size of a deck of cards, each capable of carrying three grams of explosives — enough to kill a single person or, in a ‘shaped charge,’ pierce a steel wall. They’ve been programmed to seek out and ‘engage’ (kill) certain human beings, based on specific ‘signature’ characteristics like carrying a weapon, say, or having a particular skin color. They fit in a single shipping container and can be deployed remotely. Once launched, they will fly and kill autonomously without any further human action. Science fiction? Not really. It could happen tomorrow. The technology already exists.” (01/12/22)