I noticed some headlines in the last few days about the “unprecedented” use of a robot to kill a person. At first, I was worried that, as we prepare to have robots move among us, one of our faithful servants had already broken Asimov’s first law of robotics
A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
However, it turns out that the Dallas Police Department used a bomb-disposal robot to transport a bomb into the vicinity of a sniper and then remotely detonate it. That seems more like novel use of a radio-controlled car than deployment of morally ambiguous cutting-edge machine intelligence.
Seems like “killer robots” are all the rage now.