The killer robot threat: Pentagon examining how enemy nations could empower machines

This artist’s rendering shows how unmanned aerial drones known as “Gremlin” could assist the U.S. military. (Image courtesy DARPA)The Pentagon’s No. 2 civilian official said Wednesday that the Defense Department is concerned that adversary nations could empower advanced weapons systems to act on their own, noting that while the United States will not give them the authority to kill autonomously, other countries might. Deputy Defense Secretary Robert O. Work said the Pentagon hasn’t “fully figured out” the issue of autonomous machines, but continues to examine it. The U.S. military has built a force that relies heavily on the decision-making skills of its troops, but “authoritarian regimes” may find weapons that can act independently more attractive because it consolidates the ability to take action among a handful of leaders, he said.…


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