Summary: Two recent projects from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) have sparked fears of machines that can decide whether to engage a target without human oversight: The first project, the Fast Lightweight Autonomy (FLA) program, aims to create drones that can maneuver through complex environments without human input, relying instead on sensor data. The second project, Collaborative Operations in Denied Environment (CODE), aims to improve the bandwidth and efficiency of air attacks. Human Rights Watch has released a report which concludes with a question about accountability: Who will be held accountable for wrongful deaths caused by these killer robots? Robots are soulless, autonomous, and rulebased, governed by programming. Seaton concludes: “It is unlikely that we will make meaningful progress towards stopping the progression of horrific weapons, killer robots capable of torture and destruction, if we are unwilling to examine questions of human dignity, inequality, and power.”

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Language of Article: English

Author: J.X. Seaton, JSTOR Daily

Publishing date: 2015, August 27