Is it really possible to put the technology genie back in the bottle? Ironically, if advances in AI materialize, then what's the difference if it's organic or silicon-based sentience pulling the trigger?
IMO the rise of autonomous weapons systems is a natural progression that cannot be stopped. None of the major players can risk their adversary gaining a significant advantage that such systems would confer. Ban
Ban ‘Killer Robots’ Before It’s Too Late
Fully Autonomous Weapons Would Increase Danger to Civilians
NOVEMBER 19, 2012
(Washington, DC) – Governments should pre-emptively ban fully autonomous weapons because of the danger they pose to civilians in armed conflict, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. These future weapons, sometimes called “killer robots,” would be able to choose and fire on targets without human intervention...
Fully autonomous weapons do not yet exist, and major powers, including the United States, have not made a decision to deploy them. But high-tech militaries are developing or have already deployed precursors that illustrate the push toward greater autonomy for machines on the battlefield...
“It is essential to stop the development of killer robots before they show up in national arsenals,” Goose said. “As countries become more invested in this technology, it will become harder to persuade them to give it up.”