The mechanical K-9 can reportedly be transported and deployed by drone and is programmed to identify, track and take out targets.
While the advanced technology is indeed an improvement on traditional man-to-man combat, it also leaves more room for error, as it could be much harder to know who to blame if civilians are killed unnecessarily — especially because these systems can operate much differently in a controlled environment than in an active battlefield.
Braden Allenby, an engineering teacher at Arizona State University, told NewsNation’s “Rush Hour” Thursday that a key question with this new technology is whether a human is controlling the actions of the weapon or if the weapon is programmed to act on its own.
He said while a lot of attention is paid to weapons that have a spark of science fiction, there is a tendency to overlook technologies that may not grab headlines but have a broader impact.
“Russia attacking, for example, the grid in Ukraine is probably of far more importance than a robot in a battle space that’s a traditional, conventional battle space,” Allenby said.
Allenby went on to say Western militaries are aware these types of weapons exist, and are capable of handling them.
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