Robots at War

TREND #5 The U.S. military’s successful deployment of drones in combat provides a glimpse into the future of warfare. Without putting any U.S. pilots in danger, drones can deliver precisely targeted, highly lethal strikes on enemy personnel. A drone is an example of a semi-autonomous weapon system; the command to fire the drone’s weapons is made by a human on a military base in the U.S. The U.S. also uses semi-autonomous weapons to launch Patriot missiles in its air defense systems that guard the coasts against enemy missiles and airplanes, and on board Navy ships. Another example of a semi-autonomous weapon system already in use is the Samsung SGR-A1 Sentry robot that South Korea uses to guard its border with...

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