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Autonomous Killing Machines: The Future of Warfare?
AKMs reduce the risk of soldiers getting killed or otherwise hurt.
Due to the fact that AKMs are mechanic things built with special materials, they are in general less vulnerable when under fire than the human body, regardless of protection-tech.
The use of AKMs would prevent images of human suffering that can lead to emotional reactions at home, and in turn calls for policy changes and withdrawal.
This is an advantage when fighting against people (without AKMs) who would rather die than surrender.
Friendly fire in modern warfare is in most cases
to human error as a result of stress, carelessness, insufficient training and a lack of coordination and planning - areas in which AKMs would likely be superior to human soldiers.
AKMs would reduce the amount of friendly fire incidents.
AKMs can do jobs that are highly dangerous for human soldiers, even if not necessarily related to actual front-line operations.
When signing up as a soldier the risk of dying in action is part of the business. Everybody signing up for military service is very well aware with this and signing up for it makes him/her accept this possibility.
AKMs and soldiers are both ultimately simple tools. A worn out AKM counts as a similar casualty as a soldier.
Communication with AKMs runs on the same
as human interaction. As these frequencies are packed already a reduction in human to human communication space might lead to more soldiers killed.
Use of AKMs can increase collateral damage and loss of innocent lives like we have seen with drone strikes and remote attacks. It's quite possible that even friendlies could be harmed by AKMs due to inadequate communication between forces.
The use of drones is what reduces the risks to soldiers because humans are not on the battlefield anymore. Fully automating them would not reduce the risk of injury any further.
In order to offset the advantages AKMs produce, the opposition forces will make use of more drastic means of
, such as guerilla warfare or targeting civilians.