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Autonomous Killing Machines: The Future of Warfare?
Surveys show wide-spread public opposition in the West to the development and use of autonomous weapons.
of Americans oppose or strongly oppose the development of AKMs.
Opposition to the development and use of AKMs
has been shown
to exist in various countries (although, admittedly, on a non-representative basis).
Public opinion is based on threat perceptions, hence the public opposition to AKMs might vanish once threat perceptions change.
Even in a democracy, decision makers obtain their mandate from elections, not public opinion. They have every right and, if public opinion is misinformed, even a duty to ignore it.
The general public may not have sufficient subject matter expertise to be aware of an autonomous system's potential for reducing casualties.
This is a fallacy of an appeal to numbers.