Are Robots Still Just “Tools” When They Are Used to Kill? – Scientific American

A robot carrying an explosive device was used to kill one of the shooters in Thursday night’s horrific violence in Dallas, Texas, in what many law enforcement and other experts are calling the first such use of robotics technology by U.S. police.

Micah Johnson, the man suspected of shooting five police officers, was killed by remotely detonated explosives on the robot after a standoff and failed negotiations with police.

Toby Walsh, a professor of AI at the University of New South Wales, cautions against seeing this use of a robot as a nightmarish science-fiction scenario—because the robot was being operated by a human via remote control. “A human was still very much in the loop and this is a good thing.”

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Mike Rawson

Mike Rawson has recently re-awoken a long-standing interest in robots and our automated future.

He lives in London with a single android – a temperamental vacuum cleaner – but is looking forward to getting more cyborgs soon.

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