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posted by martyb on Saturday June 05, @10:49PM   Printer-friendly
from the kill-all-humans dept.

Killer Drone 'Hunted Down A Human Target' Without Being Told To:

After a United Nations commission to block killer robots was shut down in 2018, a new report from the international body now says the Terminator-like drones are now here.

[...] The March 2020 attack was in Libya and perpetrated by a Kargu-2 quadcopter drone produced by Turkish military tech company STM "during a conflict between Libyan government forces and a breakaway military faction led by Khalifa Haftar, commander of the Libyan National Army," the Star reports, adding: "The Kargu-2 is fitted with an explosive charge and the drone can be directed at a target in a kamikaze attack, detonating on impact."

[...] "The lethal autonomous weapons systems were programmed to attack targets without requiring data connectivity between the operator and the munition: in effect, a true 'fire, forget and find' capability" – suggesting the drones attacked on their own.

[...] In August of last year, Human Rights Watch warned of the need for legislation against "killer robots" while NYC mayoral candidate Andrew Yang has called for a global ban on them – something the US and Russia are against.

See also: New Scientist magazine and the Star.


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  • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Sunday June 06, @09:59AM (8 children)

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Sunday June 06, @09:59AM (#1142317) Homepage Journal

    Indiscriminate? The story doesn't suggest that it got the "wrong" target.

    "unnecessarily damaging" weapons? That borders on the silly. If the goal is to kill a person, what is "unnecessarily damaging"?

    Booby traps? Nothing suggests that this drone was set off by anything the target did. He was being actively searched for, and when found, it attacked.

    You're going to judge Rambo? You, one of the millions of Americans who say little and do nothing about when, where, why, or how our troops are deployed? Sitting in the comfort of your own home, you're going to judge Rambo, and American soldiers who live in combat conditions? Moralize some more for us, philosopher.

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  • (Score: 1, Troll) by Anti-aristarchus on Sunday June 06, @06:33PM

    by Anti-aristarchus (14390) on Sunday June 06, @06:33PM (#1142431) Journal

    Fan mail from a flounder? Legal opinions, and on international law at that, from Runaway? It has long been obvious that US service personnel are insufficiently trained in the Laws of Armed Conflict.

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  • (Score: 2, Troll) by aristarchus on Sunday June 06, @11:20PM (3 children)

    by aristarchus (2645) on Sunday June 06, @11:20PM (#1142513) Journal

    Once again, you are an ignorant maroon, Runaway Boomer! Let me try again to educate you a little.

    "unnecessarily damaging" weapons? That borders on the silly. If the goal is to kill a person, what is "unnecessarily damaging"?

    Must be an American. The point of armed conflict is to settle an issue. The goal is not to kill anyone, the goal is to make them incapable of resistance, if they cannot be convinced to surrender voluntarily. For this reason, types of weapons that are legal under the Law of Armed Conflict are in fact limited to those not "unnecesarily damaging". This is why only Ball ammunition is used. Punches a hole through, but as long as it misses important parts, survivable. Dumdums, hollow-points, exploding bullets are all banned, but the Conference of St Petersburg, after the Sepoy Rebellion. Weapons that produce life-long disability are also banned, for example, blinding lasers. If your intent in or around combat is to kill, you are not a soldier, you are a murderer, like that child-murderer Gallagher.

    Booby traps? Nothing suggests that this drone was set off by anything the target did. He was being actively searched for, and when found, it attacked.

    Not too bright, are you, Runaway! This is how people of color just set you off. Nothing about what they do, just that you are racist that way. In order for a target to be targeted, someone has to do the targeting. Matching a profile in a Automated Extra-judicial Assassination Machine is no different than pulling open the door with the shotgun tied to it. Victim initiated weapons, where no one decides to target that particular individual.

    You're going to judge Rambo?

    Yep! You seem to have missed the point of the movie.

    You, one of the millions of Americans

    Not American. Do not try to smear me with the war crimes of your belligerent and murdering nation! Only country to have deployed nuclear weapons, and on civilians, and children, at that. Now, shut up, you baby-killing war criminal, Runaway!

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    • (Score: 1, Troll) by Runaway1956 on Sunday June 06, @11:47PM (2 children)

      by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Sunday June 06, @11:47PM (#1142525) Homepage Journal

      The point of armed conflict is to settle an issue.

      One might expect that nonsense from a philosopher or a statesmen.

      The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his.

      George S. Patton

      Not too bright, are you, Runaway! This is how people of color just set you off.

      Ad hominem attacks do nothing to advance your poorly thought out argument. But, you knew that.

      Not American. Do not try to smear me with the war crimes of your belligerent and murdering nation!

      I am quite certain that you are a liar. You have told so many lies on SN, it's impossible to keep them all straight. Among your other lies, I remember that you claimed to be a black man. Then you made other claims that pretty obviously precluded that falsehood. I do believe that you are an American citizen, or that you at least live in the United States. I do believe that you are of Greek ancestry. Beyond that, I don't believe much of anything you say.

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      • (Score: 2) by aristarchus on Sunday June 06, @11:57PM (1 child)

        by aristarchus (2645) on Sunday June 06, @11:57PM (#1142528) Journal

        Well, guess that settles it! I never claimed any of those things. Truly, then, you are an ignorant moron, Runaway the American!

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        • (Score: 1, Redundant) by Runaway1956 on Monday June 07, @12:11AM

          by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Monday June 07, @12:11AM (#1142533) Homepage Journal

          You most certainly claimed to be a black man at some point in time. You have no problems with cultural appropriation, when it served your own ends. As I said, I don't believe much of anything you say.

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  • (Score: 1) by khallow on Monday June 07, @12:29AM (1 child)

    by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Monday June 07, @12:29AM (#1142544) Journal

    Indiscriminate? The story doesn't suggest that it got the "wrong" target.

    Nothing suggests it got the right target. No news is bad news.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 07, @07:37AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 07, @07:37AM (#1142672)

    "Believe it or not, your opinion on this topic is really not necessary,"