Should a soldier give up his life for a robot warrior?

In 2014, the United States Army Research Laboratory published a report predicting what the battlefield of 2050 would look like.

Not surprisingly, it was a scenario driven largely by technology and the report described a sort of warfare most people associate with video games or science-fiction movies - combined forces of augmented or enhanced humans, robots operating in swarms, laser weapons, intelligence systems and cyberbots fighting in a highly contested information environment using spoofing, hacking, misinformation and other means of electronic warfare.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 16, 2018, with the headline 'Should a soldier give up his life for a robot warrior?'. Print Edition | Subscribe