Heritage Foundation expert James Carafano explains that autonomous military technology, commonly referred to as drones, has “the potential to increase U.S. effectiveness on the battlefield, while decreasing damage and loss of human life.”
While there has been controversy on this topic, Carafano tells us where the focus of the discussion should be:
Understanding the capabilities and limits of autonomous technology dispels fears of Terminator-like robots taking over the world and refocuses the discussion on the opportunities that these systems present, and the responsibility of lawmakers to set clear guidelines for their development.
He lists three steps Congress should take to enable drones and other autonomous military technologies to save lives:
- Insist that military developments be based on suitable, feasible, and morally acceptable mission requirements and realistic appreciation of the levels of technology available.
- Fund research and development of autonomous technology.
- Review the legislative framework for addressing the current and potential problems of autonomous technology.
Read his report here and tell us: How do you feel about autonomous military technology?