The U.N. has begun discussion on "lethal autonomous robots," killing machines which take the next step from our current drones which are operator controlled, to completely autonomous killing machines.
"Killer robots would threaten the most fundamental of rights and principles in international law," warned Steve Goose, arms division director at Human Rights Watch.
Are we too far down the rabbit hole, or can we come to reasonable and humane limits on this new world of death-by-algorithm?
I live in southeast Asia. Land mines left over from previous wars are a continuing problem, killing many people every year. What's the difference? Robots move around; landmines stay in one place. But they are the same in that they are lethal decades after the army has left the area. The UN should include landmines in their discussion.