Introducing Spot, the four-legged robot dog: family pet or potential battle aid?

"“These robotic weapons would be able to choose and fire on targets on their own, without human intervention,” says Dr Peter Asaro of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots ( “Giving machines the power to decide who lives and dies on the battlefield is an unacceptable application of technology.”

But while sliding guns into the cold, steely grasp of a robot sounds terrifying, surely they could save the lives of human soldiers? Asaro disagrees: “It’s a large step beyond drones… and [some nations] may feel compelled to abandon policies of restraint, leading to a robotic arms race.”"