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2020s predictions: Killer robots may roam the Earth.

No, this Boston Dynamics video is not real. Yet.


Police officers are huddled behind their cruisers as they try to figure out their next move. Someone has remotely hacked two of their armed robots and programmed the robots to open fire on a crowd. Dozens are injured or dead. This is the day they all feared might arrive.

Grim, isn't it?

But this kind of scenario is what activists who are fighting against the proliferation of so-called killer robots are warning us about, and we're not moving away from the police the investing in robots to assist them in serious situations.

Whether we're talking about police using killer robots or the military, there are many ways in which adopting this kind of technology could have unintended and potentially horrific consequences.

Killer robots could become a monumental problem in numerous ways. On the battlefield, autonomous robots might malfunction and cause many unintended deaths. They could be used by rogue nations to target and eliminate ethnic groups using forms of facial recognition. Terrorist groups could use them to kill soldiers, civilians or otherwise generally wreak havoc to destabilize a region.

Within the borders of the United States, the use of killer robots by law enforcement or security services could lead to these robots being hacked by our own citizens, they could malfunction on the job or they could simply be used in ways that make it harder to hold the agencies using them accountable.

Groups fighting to prevent these scenarios from coming to fruition like the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots are trying to get all nations to sign a treaty saying they will not use autonomous weapons during military conflicts. They're also fighting to make sure law enforcement agencies don't start to use autonomous weapons.



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