Seemingly benign robots also suited for killing missions

03/21/2014 | National Public Radio

Robots designed for benign tasks such as rescues have the capability to take on more aggressive missions -- something that needs to be considered by their developers, experts say. Many robots designed for complex manual tasks are equally suited for operating guns and other machinery. As DARPA and other researchers develop more autonomy for these robotic creations, they may someday be capable of deciding when to fire a gun, roboticist Illah Nourbakhsh said.

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