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Autonomous Killing Machines: The Future of Warfare?
There are many problems with AKM technology.
All software-based devices are notoriously prone to errors, thoroughly tested as they may be.
Compared to humans, AKMs have great problems when it comes to dealing with environmental data and interpreting it.
AKMs pose deficiencies that human soldiers do not exhibit.
AKM will most likely have some form of AI which might cause problems. With future technology of more general AI it could proceed with goals by a way that was not intended by human supervisor (see Eagle Eye movie or
AI Control Problem
AKMs will suffer from a lack of underlying standardization and consensus in areas such as combat morals. Humans can adapt here, AKMs likely can't. This can lead to problems, for example among cooperating AKM forces of different nations.
Autonomous weapons come with the risk of becoming
in real-world situations due to design failures, hacking, and external manipulation.
Technology improves over time and through iterations. Many technologies that were once seen as intrinsically unsafe or unreliable have become commonplace, for example autopilots in airplanes and modern cars.