The case against killer robots

Noel Sharkey, the chairman of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control, argued his case against killer robots last Friday at Northeastern University, saying that autonomous machines should not be allowed to make the decision to kill people on the battlefield.

“We’re on a course toward fully automating warfare,” Sharkey warned in a two-hour lecture on the political, ethical, and legal implications of robotic weapons. “Who in his right mind would automate the decision to kill?”

Later in the day, Sharkey moderated a panel discussion of drones and killer robots. The panelists comprised Max Abrahms, an assistant professor of political …read more