One way or another, robots are coming to the battlefield. The debate is over whether they should be pulling triggers. Some autonomous weapons already exist in the field. Many U.S. naval ships, for example, carry cannons that will shoot down incoming missiles without any human input. The U.S. military is now allowed to develop whatever autonomous systems it wants. It just can't deploy any of them unless "human judgment" is still involved.
Class discussion: Should nations, including the United States, continue to develop “killer robots”? Why or why not? Could soldiers lose control of their autonomous weapons? Do you think these computerized weapons systems would be more or less likely than humans to make mistakes and attack the wrong target? How often are civilians killed in military conflicts? Are civilians ever intentionally targeted?