An autonomous weapon is a weapon system that, once activated, can select and engage targets without further intervention by a human operator.

Further reading

Piper, Kelsey (2019) Death by algorithm: the age of killer robots is closer than you think, Vox, June 21.

Lethal AWS. A website containing several resources with a view to raising awareness about the possible dangers of autonomous weapons.

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