Sunday, October 30, 2016
U.S. Defense Secretary: The Pentagon Will Never Use Robotic Systems That Decide On Their Own When To Kill
McClatchy News: Pentagon won’t use robots that decide on their own when to kill
WASHINGTON: The Pentagon is devising some whiz-bang autonomous weaponry, but Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Friday that the U.S. military would never use robotic systems that decided on their own when to kill.
Dozens of Defense Department labs and engineering centers are working on keeping the U.S. military “on the cutting edge” with weapons like swarming drones in the sea and air, Carter said.
But Carter told a conference at Washington’s Center for Strategic and International Studies that the Pentagon will always ensure that a human pulls the trigger.
“When it comes to using autonomy in our weapons systems, we must always have a human being making decisions about the use of force,” Carter said.
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Update: Pentagon Won’t Let Robots Autonomously Decide When to Kill (Sputnik)
WNU Editor: That is the policy now .... but I suspect that with time and the development of new technologies this sentiment may change ... especially if it can be proven that robotic systems can keep civilian casualties at a lower number over systems operated by humans..