New technologies and warfare
The dazzling scientific and technical progress of recent decades has given rise to unprecedented means and methods of warfare. Some of these new technologies (such as observation and combat drones) are already in use, while others (nanotechnologies, combat robots, and laser weapons) are still in the experimental and developmental stages.
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The growing use of technology in the conduct of hostilities raises complex issues of responsibility in view of the number of people – civilians and soldiers – involved in the process from the design to the use of the weapon in question. To whom should responsibility be ascribed for an illegal attack by a robot?