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Robots Being Used To Kill Humans

Remote controlled robots are being used in Iraq and pentagon intends to spend 4 Billion Dollars to develop autonomous units which can seek, sight and destroy targets without a human controller. Artificial Intelligence experts fear terrorist may aquire and use these technologies.
How long will it be before government elites start using this technology against opponents and their own citizens?
I think this is yet another slippery slope or another tangent on the slope we slide down already.
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