Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Will killer robots replace suicide bombers?

That's the fear expressed in this article:
Captured robots would not be difficult to reverse engineer, and could easily replace suicide bombers as the weapon-of-choice. "I don't know why that has not happened already," he said.
Obviously, because the prospect of someone giving their life for their cause is an important component of suicide bombing. Using a robot for the purpose is more expensive and complex than other means already available to the bombers: hiding a bomb in a location or launching it. But like those other two delivery modes, it takes away the self-sacrifice that gives suicide bombing its veneer of morality or moral ambiguity.

Automated killer robots 'threat to humanity': expert

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