Drones took the pilot out of the cockpit and replaced him or her with an operator in a cubicle far away from the battlefield. The next step is for human operators to be taken out of the loop altogether as far as the decision to release deadly force is concerned. If deployed, an on-board computer will decide who to target and when to open fire. This possibility raises far-reaching legal and moral questions, to be considered in this lecture.
In May 2013 Christof Heyns presented a report on this topic to the UN Human Rights Council that has generated much discussion. The matter is currently under consideration in a number of UN and other inter-governmental fora, and is hotly debated by civil society.
Please find below a link to Christof Heyns' report to the UN Human Rights Council on Lethal Autonomous Robotics:
Report of the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions (Click on 'E' under Documents to download the English version)
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