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U.K. Ministry of Defense Report on Unmanned Systems

Posted 19 Apr 2011 at 16:12 UTC (updated 19 Apr 2011 at 16:18 UTC) by John_RobotsPodcast Share This

The Wired blog Danger Room, citing an earlier report on guardian.co.uk, reports that the U.K. Ministry of Defense has issued a report which challenges British policymakers to come to grips with the issues presented by unmanned systems, specifically including autonomous, armed aircraft. A short quotation from the Ministry of Defense report follows (pages 5-11 & 5-12):

There is a danger that time is running out - is debate and development of policy even still possible, or is the technological genie already out of the ethical bottle, embarking us all on an incremental and involuntary journey towards a Terminator-like reality?

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