Tag Archives: Autonomous Weapons

When a Hobby Drone Becomes a Military Sniper

by David Hambling, Popular Mechanics

What is it, how does it work, and is autonomous war such a good idea?

When a Hobby Drone Becomes a Military Sniper

There’s a new kind of killer drone. Called TIKAD, it isn’t like any lethal drones you’re seen before. Because unlike the effective-yet-cumbersome MQ-9 Reapers, these multicopters can carry a sniper rifle, a grenade launcher, or a machine gun—the inevitable convergence of hobby drones and military weapons.

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Why the United Nations Must Move Forward With a Killer Robots Ban

by Toby Walsh, IEEE Spectrum

Killer robots are on the agenda of a major United Nations meeting in Geneva this week.

As part of a U.N. disarmament conference, participating countries are deciding on Friday whether or not to start formal discussions on a ban of lethal autonomous weapons following on from three years of informal discussions. Continue reading Why the United Nations Must Move Forward With a Killer Robots Ban