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Killer robots need ethical rules, US and Chinese analysts agree

Prospect of robots run amok raises thorny questions of accountability

Sailors move an X-47B unmanned combat air system demonstrator onto an aircraft elevator aboard the USS George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier in the Atlantic Ocean. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy)

NEW YORK -- Autonomous weapons systems, or "killer robots," have no fear, no anger, and no guilt or hesitation about pulling the trigger. They do as their programming tells them to.

But say a robot is tasked with hunting for Scud missiles from among a "library" of targets, choosing from those it sees. Who, or what, would keep it from attacking a Scud near a school?

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