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Autonomous Killing Machines: The Future of Warfare?
With AKMs in action, wars, conflicts or interference in other nations' affairs become more likely.
AKMs will instigate a new arms race.
AKMs - just like cyber weapons - can potentially be used for anonymous attacks. Future aggressors might therefore not be deterred by the fear of retaliation anymore.
AKMs would undermine the
. Citizens of democracies would not have to
fight and suffer and pay
for warfare anymore and thus become less averse to it.
AKMs reduce the threshold to engage in missions abroad.
Carrying out more missions and wars is not a desirable goal for the West.
Highly automated weaponry/defense mechanisms make the use of atomic weapons viable again, as the risk of being affected by the second strike can be reduced to zero.
AKMs enhance the likelihood of war because they change the
Autonomous systems interacting with each other competitively can escalate quickly and unpredictably.
Outside interference is not necessarily a bad thing. Warlords, terrorists as well as opponents of civil wars can get stopped or forced back to the negotiation table.
AKMs mitigate problems that arise out of the mobilization for war because they can be easily activated and stored. This makes war less likely.
AKMs would create a new form of "
mutually assured destruction
" as no human survivors are necessary anymore to retaliate against a first strike. Warfare would thus become more risky - and some potential attacks might be discouraged.
The outcome of wars will be computed and not fought. This will foster world peace.
More conflict is not worse if it's accompanied by lower collateral damage and less loss of life. Even if AKMs increase the number of conflicts, as long as the overall suffering caused by war goes down, AKMs will be doing a good thing.