Deployment of Lethal Autonomous Weapons systems(LAWS)
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They are a direct violation of human rights as they do not need human authorization thus they can used against humanity itself.
2)" there should also be tight controls on their deployment and a destruction switch/button should be created for each one of them. if there was a glitch in the software and it saw everyone as a threat, then there would be huge problems trying to shut it down or destroy it if there wasn't."
As you said that there can be devastating effects of LAWS. Do you it is worth taking the risk of using these weapons and putting human life at stake? What if the switch does not work? What happens if these weapons fall in the wrong hands?
3)If these weapons fall in the hands of a terrorist organisation then it would be capable of destroying millions of lives and since LAWS are basically robots they have no sense of preservation they will kill people without cease.
On the topic of the kill switch, the US military is bringing in GPS controls on its stinger missiles. This means that once the person at the air base selects the combat area, the missile will only work in that area. This means that if it is captured, it will not work outside of the target area. the target area can only be changed remotely, so if it was captured then it's working area could be set to the middle of the ocean, or some rural area in Antarctica. Also it is unlikely that they will not be encrypted.
2)What about glitches? How reliable is GPS control especially when the robot itself will be choosing its target area?
3)Also if we see this from international view point then not all nations can afford to develop LAWS so if a Developed nation like USA has a conflict with a developing nation then is the population of the Developing country to be mass murdered by LAWS?
4) LAWS have immense power and if this power falls in the wrong hands then there will be serious repercussions therefore it is better to neither develop nor deploy these weapons in the first place.
5) No innocent deserves to suffer and in a world where millions die every hour there is no need for LAWS to destroy many more innocent lives
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