Vollautomatisierte Killer-Drohnen im Anflug

--- Die Rolle von Drohnen im militärischen Einsatz hat sich mit dem Afghanistan-Krieg bereits deutlich ausgeweitet. Bislang werden die unbemannten Flugobjekte aber noch per Hand aus Kontrollzentren in den USA gesteuert. Dies soll mit einer neuen Generation an Flugrobotern anders werden, schreibt die Washington Post:
This successful exercise in autonomous robotics could presage the future of the American way of war: a day when drones hunt, identify and kill the enemy based on calculations made by software, not decisions made by humans. Imagine aerial “Terminators,” minus beefcake and time travel. The Fort Benning tarp “is a rather simple target, but think of it as a surrogate,” said Charles E. Pippin, a scientist at the Georgia Tech Research Institute, which developed the software to run the demonstration. “You can imagine real-time scenarios where you have 10 of these things up in the air and something is happening on the ground and you don’t have time for a human to say, ‘I need you to do these tasks.’ It needs to happen faster than that.” The demonstration laid the groundwork for scientific advances that would allow drones to search for a human target and then make an identification based on facial-recognition or other software. Once a match was made, a drone could launch a missile to kill the target.

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