Recent news emphasize the debates and the concerns regarding killer robots, machines that, conceptually speaking, are not new in the warfare market, but which seem to become more and more visible to international organizations’ eyes. The perspective of facing killing machines that don’t necessitate human control (and by that we mean intervention, management or manipulation) in order to destroy whatever targets gave some experts shivers down their spines, and the International Committee for Robot Arms Control – an activist group concerned with the future of mankind, makes all efforts possible to completely ban this class of modern weaponry, even if the U.N. U.N. Human Rights Council already called for a moratorium regarding the subject of killer robots. The things are quite hot and stirring, as the ones making the military robots consider them only a natural step in the technological evolution of mankind, as the machines still need to be programmed, activated, maintained, deployed and used by humans, they can also save many lives in the context of a military conflict.
Those who already picture mankind’s future robotic apocalypse, with killing machines becoming fully autonomous (although there are currently in use automatic weapons we use) and taking over the world consider the killer robots development an abomination, as the deadly machines aren’t capable of meaningful human decisions and control, so their morality is under heavy questioning. On the other side of the fence, scientists consider we are still very far from the moment when robots take ethical and moral combat decisions, not to mention that the human factor will not disappear as a decision – maker, moral actor and essential landmark in the chain of command.
Will we live enough to see with our own eyes the rise of completely independent, out – of – human – control robots to put an end to the human species? However frightening the idea sounds, killer robots, together with very hi – tech weapons are a part of the reality we all share.