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Control in the right hands is very important – whether it is a good government, a prudent policy-maker, a wise finance head, a sensible mother, or an astute CEO. It is especially important when it comes to weapons. Usually military has had some control over the weapon before it is fired (whom to attack, where to target, and when to pull the trigger) and sometimes after it is fired (when to abort; when to change direction, if possible). As robots take over many parts of our life, this area if taken over by AI weapons can prove to be disastrous. Although the military is not very open about it, modern weapons once fired can take certain decisions on their own. The obvious questions is – is passing control to killer robots a judicious one?

[Contributed by a reader]

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/12/science/weapons-directed-by-robots-not-humans-raise-ethical-questions.html?emc=edit_th_20141112&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=60495190&_r=0

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