Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems

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Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS) are autonomous military robots that can independently search and engage targets based on programmed constraints and descriptions.[1]

LAWS may operate in the air, on land, on water, under water, or in space. The autonomy of current systems is restricted in the sense that a human gives the final command to attack - though there are exceptions with certain "defensive" systems.[2]

 

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Document:Off the Leash: How the UK is developing the technology to build armed autonomous dronesArticle10 November 2018Peter Burt


References

  1. Crootof, Rebecca (2015). "The Killer Robots Are Here: Legal and Policy Implications". 36 Cardozo L. Rev: 1837 – via heinonline.org.

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  2. "Autonomy without Mystery: Where do you draw the line?"
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