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Autonomous Weapons: The Future Behind Us

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[Technical Report, Master's Thesis]

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US Army Command and General Staff College

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Militaries have long used weapons with varying degrees of autonomy. However, recent technology advances have made possible more capable autonomous weapons, sparking calls by civil society groups and discussions in the United Nations UN on banning autonomous weapons. This thesis identifies potential military uses of autonomous weapons and makes prediction on their use through 2030. This is accomplished by analyzing past and present uses of autonomous weapons, ongoing technology developments, and developing an ontology for defining and describe autonomous weapons.


Subject Categories:

  • Cybernetics
  • Cybernetics

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[A, Approved For Public Release]