We have yet to arrive in the age of SkyNet, which is a good thing when you think about it, but chances are we might very well be on the way there already. We have seen how the military, whether in the sky, on the ground or under the water have begun to make use of robots for their operations in the battle to overcome the enemy. Jody Williams, from the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, has mentioned to the BBC that such weapons of mass destruction (meaning, killer robots) that while do not exist at the moment, can be regarded as “repulsive” when the day eventually arrives.
Hence, in the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, they are currently pushing for a pre-emptive ban so that it will be able to halt the production of weapons that are capable of attacking targets without the need for any human intervention. Of course, there will be some scientists who are on the side that current laws will be able to do enough to regulate their use assuming near-autonomous killer robots one day end up as a reality. The UK government has reassured folks that they do not have any plans to develop such technology. Do you think an international ban as a pre-emptive strike might be the solution to this potentially explosive situation?