Top US general warns against rogue killer robots – BY JOHN BOWDEN – 07/18/17 11:05 PM EDT


The second highest-ranking general in the U.S. military on Tuesday warned lawmakers against equipping the military with autonomous weapons systems that humans could lose control of and advocated for keeping the “ethical rules of war” in place.

In a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Tuesday, Gen. Paul Selva responded to a question from Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI) about a Defense Department directive that requires a human operator to be involved in the decision-making process when it comes to taking lives with autonomous weapons systems.

Selva warned lawmakers that the military should keep “the ethical rules of war in place lest we unleash on humanity a set of robots that we don’t know how to control.”

“I don’t think it’s reasonable for us to put robots in charge of whether or not we take a human life,” Selva told the committee.

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