"Alone, without human oversight, the missile decided which of three ships to attack."

Modern weapons will decide who to kill using artificial intelligence

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Fri, Nov 14th, 2014 21:00 by capnasty NEWS

With modern warfare relying more and more on software, it was only a matter of time before weapons, powered by their own artificial intelligence, would decide what to target and who to kill, without asking a human first.

As these weapons become smarter and nimbler, critics fear they will become increasingly difficult for humans to control — or to defend against. And while pinpoint accuracy could save civilian lives, critics fear weapons without human oversight could make war more likely, as easy as flipping a switch.

Britain, Israel and Norway are already deploying missiles and drones that carry out attacks against enemy radar, tanks or ships without direct human control. After launch, so-called autonomous weapons rely on artificial intelligence and sensors to select targets and to initiate an attack.

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