Russia claims it has built an army of KILLER ROBOTS including self-driving tanks that follow the aim of a soldier’s rifle and swarms of deadly drones that drop bombs from the sky
- Kremlin footage showcases robot technology which includes killer robots
- These come in the form of cat-sized drones and AI-controlled driverless tanks
- For now, the robots will still require to be controlled by a human in the infantry
- But Russia’s Advanced Research Foundation (ARF) said the ultimate goal is to have an army of robots entirely controlled by Artificial Intelligence algorithms
An army of ‘killer robots’ that will assist infantry on the battlefield has been unveiled in propaganda footage released by Russia
The video, released by the Kremlin, appears to showcase the state’s latest drone technology.
That includes and AI-controlled driverless tank that follow the aim of a soldier’s rifle to obliterate targets with its own weaponry.
Russia’s Advanced Research Foundation (ARF) said the ultimate goal is to have an army of robots entirely controlled by Artificial Intelligence algorithms.
Currently the drones are deployed alongside infantry who remotely control the vehicles, but in the future the tech will be fully autonomous.
That means the military hardware will be able to target and kill enemies without any human intervention.
‘The evolution of combat robots is on the path of increasing the ability to perform tasks in autonomous mode with a gradual reduction in the role of the operator,’ a spokesperson for the ARF told C41SRNET.
The video was uploaded to YouTube by the ARF and shows off the capabilities of the killer tech.
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Russia has released frightening footage which showcases their latest robot technology which includes killer robots, autonomous drones and driverless tanks
The propaganda clip released by the Kremlin shows AI-controlled mini-tanks and swarms of autonomous cat-sized drones obliterate targets
The robots are controlled remotely and are designed to assist Russian infantry. But in the future the tech will be fully autonomous, which means it can target and kill enemies on its own
The video was uploaded to YouTube by the ARF and shows off the capabilities of the killer tech
‘The evolution of combat robots is on the path of increasing the ability to perform tasks in autonomous mode with a gradual reduction in the role of the operator,’ a spokesperson told C41SRNET
WHAT IS THE AUGUST UN CONVENTION ON KILLER ROBOTS?
Experts from scores of countries are meeting to discuss ways to define and deal with ‘killer robots’ – futuristic weapons systems that could conduct war without human intervention.
The weeklong gathering is the second this year at UN offices in Geneva to focus on such lethal autonomous weapons systems and explore ways of possibly regulating them, among other issues.
Some top advocacy groups say governments and militaries should be prevented from developing such systems, which have sparked fears and led some critics to envisage harrowing scenarios about their use.
As the meeting opened Monday, Amnesty International urged countries to work toward a ban.
Amnesty researcher on Artificial Intelligence Rasha Abdul Rahim said killer robots are ‘no longer the stuff of science fiction,’ warning that technological advances are outpacing international law.
Superpowers around the world are working on a range of autonomous and remote controlled vehicles to change the face of modern warfare.
Earlier this month, the British Army announced plans that will see 200 miniature drones ‘smaller than a human hand’ deployed on the battlefield to provide soldiers with an eye in the sky.
These mini-drones, dubbed Black Hornet, could take over the life-threatening surveillance and reconnaissance duties currently undertaken by soldiers.
The Ministry of Defence is investing £66million ($87m) in robotic systems, which will also include automated supply delivery drones.
Experts have issued warning over these developments, with the world’s largest gathering of scientists – held in February – claiming killer robots are a ‘grave threat to humanity’ and should be banned.
Scientists and human rights campaigners told the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting in Washington DC lethal droids able to select targets without human help represent the ‘third revolution’ in warfare after gun powder and nuclear weapons.
Just as international agreements greatly restricted the use of landmines, similar international agreements should be used to prevent robotic killers becoming established.
WILL ROBOTS ONE DAY GET AWAY WITH WAR CRIMES?
If a robot unlawfully kills someone in the heat of battle, who is liable for the death?
In a report by the Human Rights Watch in 2017, they highlighted the rather disturbing answer: no one.
The organisation says that something must be done about this lack of accountability – and it is calling for a ban on the development and use of ‘killer robots’.
Called ‘Mind the Gap: The Lack of Accountability for Killer Robots,’ their report details the hurdles of allowing robots to kill without being controlled by humans.
‘No accountability means no deterrence of future crimes, no retribution for victims, no social condemnation of the responsible party,’ said Bonnie Docherty, senior Arms Division researcher at the HRW and the report’s lead author.
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