Anyone who’s read Kill Decision, by Daniel Suarez: It’s here.
Read this article in BuzzFeed by Sarah Topol. It begins with a quotation from Stuart Russell, professor of computer science and engineering at the University of California Berkeley:
A very, very small quadcopter, one inch in diameter can carry a one- or two-gram shaped charge. You can order them from a drone manufacturer in China. You can program the code to say: “Here are thousands of photographs of the kinds of things I want to target.” A one-gram shaped charge can punch a hole in nine millimeters of steel, so presumably you can also punch a hole in someone’s head. You can fit about three million of those in a semi-tractor-trailer. You can drive up I-95 with three trucks and have 10 million weapons attacking New York City. They don’t have to be very effective, only 5 or 10% of them have to find the target.
There will be manufacturers producing millions of these weapons that people will be able to buy just like you can buy guns now, except millions of guns don’t matter unless you have a million soldiers. You need only three guys to write the program and launch them. So you can just imagine that in many parts of the world humans will be hunted. They will be cowering underground in shelters and devising techniques so that they don’t get detected. This is the ever-present cloud of lethal autonomous weapons.
They could be here in two to three years. . .
The U.S. example and precedent is that nations can use this sort of weapon against their enemies anywhere in the world and keep secret all information about the program including its existence. The U.S. has unfortunately established the ground rules by its own acts.
And if you’ve not read it, read Kill Decision. Kindle owners can download a free sample.