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Autonomous Killing Machines: The Future of Warfare?
Building AKMs has detrimental effects on the West's international security.
The spread of AKMs - which might be aided by the West's development of them - might change the balance of power and thereby negatively affect the West's security.
The West has an interest in sustaining a moral argument against the production and use of AKMs - chiefly because other states might have a relative advantage in these areas. Once the West engages in these activities, the moral argument becomes null and void.
the West in the eyes of its enemies and make them more ruthless.
If we build and engage AKMs, it is just a matter of time until "everyone but the west", such as terror organizations, have captured and repurposed AKMs, thus making them our greatest enemy. Evidence is the use of drones by ISIS/ISIL.
AKMs will instigate a new arms race.
The adoption of new military technologies requires not only the development of these technologies, but also
for their effective integration and use. In this regard, the West is ahead of most other countries due to its long experience with cutting-edge military technology.
Because of demographic change, a shrinking work force and rising social costs, it will become ever more expensive for the West to safeguard its security with human soldiers. AKMs can help circumvent these problems.
Because the creation of AKMs is inevitable, the West has to build them in order to avoid a military disadvantage.