Future of Drone Technology And Legal Concerns

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A demonstration last fall by Charles E. Pippin, scientist at the Georgia Tech Research Institute showed two unmanned aircrafts successfully coordinating and identifying tarp targets through sensors. The exercise in automated drones was a look into America’s future, which could see software being used to identify and kill enemies in far off regions. Although it is still a few decades before the technology can be used, it is already causing concern about what experts are calling “lethal autonomy.” Questions are currently raised about the erosion of sovereign rights due to piloted drone attacks in countries like Yemen and Pakistan. These developments are likely to further complicate issues of international humanitarian law and the Geneva Convention.

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