Automated technology is increasingly used in military activities such as intelligence gathering, navigation and weapons delivery. The most widespread use of automated technology to date has been remotely piloted air systems. However, each of the main military domains – air, land and sea – make use of automation. This POSTnote outlines current and potential future applications of automation in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and in combat. It then summarises debate over legal, ethical and societal issues, including debate over whether a pre-emptive ban is needed on future lethal autonomous weapons systems.Jump to full report >>
Automated technology is increasingly used in military activities such as intelligence gathering, navigation and weapons delivery. This POSTnote examines current and future military applications of automation, and considers associated legal, ethical and societal issues.
Authors: Chandrika Nath; Lorna Christie
Topics: Armed forces, Defence equipment and procurement, Defence policy, EU defence policy, Human rights, Information technology, International law, International politics and government, Military operations, Research and innovation, Science, Terrorism
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