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As a Rutgers philosopher discusses robot war scenarios, one science magazine counts the ways robots are already being used in warfare, including YouTube videos of six military robots in action. There are up to 12,000 'robotic units' on the ground in Iraq, some dismantling landmines and roadside bombs, but 'a new generation of bots are designed to be fighting machines.' One bot can operate an M-16 rifle, a machine gun, and a rocket launcher — and 250 people have already been killed by unmanned drones in Pakistan. He also tells the story of a berser k robot explosives gun that killed nine people in South Africa due to a 'software glitch.
UPDATE: Jim O’Halloran of Jane’s Land-Based Air Defence is telling New Scientist that the incident was probably caused by "simple mechanical failure." "Like many weapons these days you can fire this gun from a remote position," says O’Halloran, "but it’s not a robotic weapon." While the gun is typically used with automated target-tracking systems, the decision to fire is left to the operator.