I have been worrying about giving the President of the United States unlimited power to order killing by means of flying killer robots, but the world is moving on. Now we have to worry about giving computer algorithms power to order killing by means of autonomous flying killer robots.
Research is going forward on how to program flying killer drones so they can respond automatically without waiting for the command of a human operator. This is a bad idea for many reasons, but the basic reason was well stated by P.W. Singer, author of Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century. The problem, Singer said, is that Moore’s Law [that computer processing power doubles every few years] is still in effect, but so is Murphy’s Law [that whatever can go wrong, will].