X47B – Drones, Autonomy, Ethics, Warfare

“The U.S. Navy’s latest stealth drone has completed a series of rigorous summer flight tests – taking it one step closer to its first automated carrier landing. Reaching speeds of 180 knots, two experimental X-47B drones have completed their summer test schedule to evaluate software and other modifications before the first test aircraft carrier landing in 2013. While the X-47B is expected to usher in a new era of unmanned aircraft, critics have raised concerns over the lack of human control in increasingly deadly military hardware.”

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2043887/Navys-unmanned-stealth-drone-X-47B-step-closer-aircraft-carrier-landing.html#ixzz1ZZTUV3MD

OR better still, read “Predators and Robots at War” by Christian Caryl in the New York Review of Books, which provides an up to date summary of both Peter Singer’s ‘Wired for War’ and Lt Martin’s ‘Predator’.

http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2011/sep/29/predators-and-robots-war/?pagination=false

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