Does the right to bear arms also apply to robots?
That's no longer a question for idle speculation. And the answer appears to be a quiet but distinct yes.
These aren't autonomous robots, of course (so begone, you Terminator nightmares, at least for now). They're standard-issue remote-controlled machines like Foster-Miller's low-to-the-ground Talon, which has been put to good use in dangerous places for less-aggressive duties such as finding and neutralizing roadside bombs. That means a human operator well versed in the rules of engagement would make the actual decision on whether to shoot.
But their use … Read more