August 10, 2012      

As military forces worldwide begin adopting autonomous robotic warriors to replace humans on the battlefield, new?and disturbing?ethical questions are emerging.

What happens, for instance, if a robot engaged in combat suddenly suffers a major software error or hardware malfunction that causes it to kill civilians, Who?s at fault: the robot, or the people who created and deployed the system?

This question has major implications?and not only for robot designers and the military. Businesses also...

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