Controversy Brews Over Role Of Killer Robots In Theater of War — http://singularityhub.com/2014/03/09/controversy-brews-over-role-of-killer-robots-in-theater-of-war/
Whatever else they do, robots that kill raise moral questions far more complicated than those posed by probes or delivery vehicles. Their use in war would likely save lives in the short run, but many worry that they would also result in more armed conflicts and erode the rules of war — and that’s not even considering what would happen if the robots malfunctioned or were hacked.
Seeing a slippery slope ahead, human rights groups began lobbying last year for lethal robots to be added to the list of prohibited weapons that includes chemical weapons. And the U.N., driven in part by a 2013 report by Special Rapporteur Christof Heyns, has set a meeting in May for nations to explore that and other limits on the technology.
There’s no doubt that major military powers are moving aggressively into automation. Late last year, Gen. Robert Cone, head of the U.S. Army’s Training and Doctrine Command, suggested that up to a quarter of the service’s boots on the ground could be replaced by smarter and leaner weaponry.
video: Robots are coming of age. As part of the #DARPA Robotics Challenge, Lockheed Martin is developing autonomous systems that work together with human operators.