Death robots: Where next after Dallas?

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The use of a robot to deliver an explosive device and kill the Dallas shooting suspect has intensified the debate over a future of “killer robots”.

While robots and unmanned systems have been used by the military before, this is the first time the police within the US have used such a technique with lethal intent

“Other options would have exposed our officers to greater danger,” the Dallas police chief said.

Robots are spreading fast. What might that mean?

Remote killing is not new in warfare. Technology has always been driven by military application, including allowing killing to be carried out at distance – prior examples might be the introduction of the longbow by the English at Crecy in 1346, then later the Nazi V1…

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