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Rise of the machines: Unmanned aircraft are moving us towards a ‘Terminator-like’ world, says Ministry of Defence

UK Daily Mail [1]
April 18, 2011

The increased use of unmanned aircraft in conflict zones makes war more likely, and risks creating a ‘Terminator-like’ world, the Ministry of Defence has warned.

It said that using robots to carry out wars for us could be unethical – as Britain continues to use unmanned drones in Afghanistan.

In the Terminator movies by director James Cameron robots have developed a consciousness and hunt down and kill humans.

Fearing that this could become a reality, the internal report says we must act now to decide what is ‘acceptable machine behaviour’.

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There is increasing unrest about the use of unmanned drones in Afghanistan  – and the Ministry of Defence suggests there could be both legal and moral issues with using pilotless planes.

The drones have killed 124 people in the war-torn country since July 2008, David Cameron revealed in December.

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