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Autonomous Killing Machines: The Future of Warfare?
Because the creation of AKMs is inevitable, the West has to build them in order to avoid a military disadvantage.
The 2013-2038 ‘
Unmanned Systems Integrated Road Map
’ of the US Department of Defense foresees increasing levels of autonomy in air/land/sea systems in the coming 25 years.
The West is already in full development, production and usage of AKMs.
Non-Western states are already developing AKMs.
Even though the likelihood is small that other states build AKMs the potential consequences would be very threatening.
You cannot stop progress. In 50 years, every machine will be autonomous, or at least have a fully autonomous operating mode.
The West needs to develop the best AKMs and accompanying technology to use it as deterrence.
It is especially the US, the UK, and Israel who are leading the development of AKMs and not any other third party. Thus, there is no need to build AKMs only to hedge bets.
The creation of AKMs is not inevitable. The production, stockpiling and use of numerous other weapons technologies have been successfully regulated by international conventions. The same could happen for AKMs.
Currently there are no major threats to the West and so there is no need to worry.
Instead of building AKMs a "moral advantage" could be gained by banning them worldwide.
No US competitor can spare the financial resources to develop AKMs.
Military development does not point towards the direction of AKMs but rather to
. A major project, such as AKMs, does not warrant the resources.