Singer is part of a growing chorus of academics, legal experts and technologists who are suggesting that the research into robotics systems is outpacing the defense community's ability to grasp the unintended consequences of introducing this potentially game-changing technology to the battlefield. "For a significant period into the future, the decision to pull the trigger or launch a missile from an unmanned system will not be fully automated, but it will remain under the full control of a human operator," the roadmap stated. The Army's Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center at Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., three years ago attempted to field an armed ground robot, the special weapons observation remote reconnaissance direct action systems, or SWORDS.
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