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Drones may have attacked humans fully autonomously for the first time

The Kargu-2 quadcopter is armed with an explosive charge and can attack autonomously

EMRE CAVDAR/STM

Military drones may have autonomously attacked humans for the first time ever last year, according to a United Nations report. While the full details of the incident, which took place in Libya, haven’t been released and it is unclear if there were any casualties, the event suggests that international efforts to ban lethal autonomous weapons before they are used may already be too late.

The robot in question is a Kargu-2 quadcopter produced by STM, a Turkish firm. It is equipped with an …

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