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Autonomous Killing Machines: The Future of Warfare?
The West should build working autonomous killing machines (AKMs) as quickly as possible.
Developing, building and maintaining AKMs is creating jobs.
AKMs reduce the risk of soldiers getting killed or otherwise hurt.
AKMs are more environmental friendly.
AKMs fix deficiencies human soldiers pose.
AKMs save money as they are cheaper than human forces.
Because the creation of AKMs is inevitable, the West has to build them in order to avoid a military disadvantage.
More missions and wars could be carried out if the military had AKMs at its disposal.
AKMs will be more effective than humans at warfare.
As a side product of military research, citizens can benefit from advanced technologies (AKM technologies) developed by the military in everyday life.
Those who are experts in fields pertaining to AKMs vehemently object against AKMs.
Surveys show wide-spread public opposition in the West to the development and use of autonomous weapons.
Building and deploying AKMs results in moral problems.
For the designers of machines and the soldiers who use them, killing is an
act. This reduces their accountability to what is happening on the ground. With AKMs this distance will increase.
The development of AKMs is threatening law and order in Western societies.
There are many problems with AKM technology.
Building AKMs has detrimental effects on the West's international security.
With AKMs in action, wars, conflicts or interference in other nations' affairs become more likely.
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