What limits on killer drones?


  • Focus
  • Wednesday, 06 Dec 2023

A soldier prepares to catch a drone at a demonstration of new demining technologies in the Zhytomyr region of central Ukraine. — ©2023 The New York Times Company

IT seems like something out of science fiction: swarms of killer robots that hunt down targets on their own and are capable of flying in for the kill without any human signing off.

But it is approaching reality as the United States, China and a handful of other nations make rapid progress in developing and deploying new technology that has the potential to reshape the nature of warfare by turning life and death decisions over to autonomous drones equipped with artificial intelligence programs.

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