Could Lethal Robots Be Used Against ISIS?

Science, and more specifically artificial intelligence, could be used to combat religious extremism which aims to drag us back into the dark ages. Writing in The Diplomat, Lucas Bento sets out the case for science disrupting religious belief systems and providing tactical benefits in current armed conflicts. He argues that science can “challenge extremist religious beliefs that do not hold up to observable experiments” and therefore reduce the recruiting power of terrorist groups. Autonomous lethal technology raises ethical concerns Right now science cannot penetrate these extremist groups, who use religious superstition to control others. It may be decades before this situation changes, but in the short term science could provide tactical advantages in the struggle against terrorism. One way in which this could become a reality is through the use of…


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