Forget chemical weapons and drone strikes. That crap is all 2000-and-late, you guys. These days, we need to be worried about just one thing when it comes to the future of warfare: killer robots!
At least, that's what one United Nations human rights investigator said today, according to Reuters. That official, South African law professor Christof Heyns, said he's concerned because the U.S., Britain and Israel are apparently testing deadly autonomous weapons "without debate on moraI and legal issues."
For this reason, he's calling for a worldwide moratorium on what he calls "lethal autonomous robotics", according to Reuters.
"Their deployment may be unacceptable because no adequate system of legal accountability can be devised and because robots should not have the power of life and death over human beings."
Indeed. I think this is cool because now you're getting into Isaac Asimov-style debates about whether or not robots can or should be allowed to harm humans.
And we have a lot to fear when it comes to robots anyway. Don't think they can't come in vehicular form, like the autonomous truck that James May battled in that one Top Gear episode, or Truckasaurus.