"Science philosopher Peter Asaro presented the now de rigueur assessment of lethal autonomous weapons (LAWS), and the ethical and moral nightmares therein. The stakes don't get much higher than this, as sci-fi keeps warning us. Asaro's tone was chilling as he contemplated autonomous weapon systems and armed artificial intelligences:
"It's important to realize that targeting a weapon is an act — a moral act," Asaro said. "Choosing to pull the trigger, to engage that weapon, is another moral act. I think these are the two crucial acts that we should not have become fully autonomous.""