Beyond Drones: The Next-Generation of Autonomous Weapons Cannot be Developed in Secrecy | Just Security

It’s no secret that the United States and other nations are pouring billions of dollars into developing lethal robots capable of making their own targeting decisions that operate everywhere from aircraft carriers to land and under the oceans. These machines have been developed in conjunction with a suite of top-secret digital weapons and intelligence gathering tools that do everything from turn domestic cellphones into surreptitious recording devices to wreak havoc inside foreign nuclear facilities and much more. Such secret digital weapons and tools have given the world’s governments the ability to learn immense amounts about their citizens’ lives with unprecedented ease. Yet these capabilities, and the methods by which they are used, were developed in almost total obscurity, with little input from the societies they affect. The new weapon systems being imagined by Pentagon planners have the potential to amplify this power by an unknown amount. We cannot afford to let the next generation of digital-age weapons be developed under similar secrecy.

via Beyond Drones: The Next-Generation of Autonomous Weapons Cannot be Developed in Secrecy | Just Security.

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