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Autonomous Killing Machines: The Future of Warfare?
AKMs fix deficiencies human soldiers pose.
Desertion will not be a problem any longer.
Not having to care about putting a human in a war machine, will make it possible to build completely new and more adequate war machines for the job.
Human armies are highly dependent on supply lines for their survival. AKMs would be more flexible in this regard, as they can for example be powered down for some time (which is not possible for humans...).
AKMs would reduce wrongful killings and collateral damage.
AKMs do not suffer psychological costs of combat.
AKMs do have much better computing power than humans.
AKMs do not suffer physiological costs of combat.
Humans have basic needs such as thirst, hunger and sleep while AKMs do not suffer from exhaustion.
AKMs do not get sick due to change of climate, tropical diseases, food poisoning or simple things as influenza.
Humans cannot see in the dark (without using assistance like night vision devices), whereas AKMs could use various technological means to overcome this limitation.
AKMs can act more conservatively due to the autonomous system’s lack of an interest in self-preservation and the resulting ability of self-sacrifice.
Everything an AKM does is recorded and can be replayed, thus there is more accountability as to actions that were taken on the battlefield.
AKMs will never disobey orders.
AKMs would be more
in warfare because they do not suffer from emotions.
Humans start to develop
for their robot companions and treat them like pets, friends, or even extensions of themselves. Thus, negative effects from emotions are retained.
AKMs pose deficiencies that human soldiers do not exhibit.