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Weapons that Choose Their Own Kill Targets are Wave of Future…and Already in Use

Military developers in the United States and other Western countries are readying a whole new kind of weaponry that removes human control from targeting decisions.

At least three nations (Britain, Israel and Norway) have deployed missiles that can destroy enemy positions without any guidance from human operators. The autonomous weapons use artificial intelligence and sophisticated software to choose targets.

“An autonomous weapons arms race is already taking place,” Steve Omohundro, a physicist and artificial intelligence specialist at the California-based Self-Aware Systems, told The New York Times. “They can respond faster, more efficiently and less predictably.”

That last part about less predictably worries many who fear autonomous weapons will make warfare more likely or destructive.

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I don't know about you, but knowing that these kinds of weapons are already being deployed just sends a shiver up my spine.

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