Killer Robots Will Fight Our Wars: Can They Be Trusted?

Although the idea of killer robots may sound terrifying, experts like Paul Scharre are working to ensure that our worst, science-fiction nightmares don’t become a reality in the future of war. Scharre is the Director of the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. He suggests that answering questions, such as whether or not a robot could make morally sound decisions, will help us find a humane way to move forward with the advancement of autonomous weapons. The issue with completely taking humans out of the loop, and giving killer robots free rein, boils down to the importance of our humanity. Our ability to feel and evaluate complex situations, using human judgment and moral understanding, is not something that an artificial intelligence can easily learn.