This genie is not going back into the bottle.

Last year, autonomous lethal drones apparently hunted down soldiers in the so-called Libyan National Army. A Turkish firm, STM, had purportedly manufactured them. They used a machine-learning-based facial recognition system to identify their targets. Interestingly, UN talks on such weaponry have been delayed repeatedly. Some hope that such talks start as early as possible with a view to banning such weapons. Hold on, though. Such talks sound like a really good idea. But what if such a ban were put in place and them some countries cheated by developing such weapons anyway? Then, you would potentially wind up with a world where bad-faith countries had a distinct military advantage over bad-faith countries. Would that world be more stable? No. That’s why you should not hold your breath for the commencement of meaningful talks to ban autonomous weapons.

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