AUTONOMOUS WEAPONS ARE CHANGING THE NATURE OF WARFARE. BUT THERE’S A PROBLEM.

Justin Haner is a doctoral candidate at Northeastern who studies autonomous weapons systems. Photo by Ruby Wallau/Northeastern University

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In 2018, a Russian state-run news agency announced that Russian forces had deployed a remote-controlled robotic tank to Syria.

Despite all this, Haner and Garcia found that there is little oversight or regulation when it comes to developing autonomous weapons, and even less public discourse about it.

“These things are happening now, and it’s really crucial that we start having conversations about what to do about it,” Haner says.

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Autonomous weapons systems that utilize artificial intelligence are changing the nature of warfare, but where’s the public discussion?