Killer robots on the loose!

By Julie Inglese

Human Rights Watch urges government leaders to begin an international discussion on “fully autonomous robot weapons.”  Although these weapons are yet to come into existence, technology is getting close and many countries have already publicly addressed their existence. 

The robots will have the capacity to select targets and kill them without further intervention by humans.  A debate is already taking place on whether the robots are a danger to human rights.  Some people believe that talks should begin now on how or if these robots should be used, while others propose an outright ban on their use before they even go into the field.