Llamas, long used by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF)

Currently, Israel deploys the Guardium UGV, designed by defense contractor IAI, along its border with Syria. Robotic Ford The MAARS combat robot

The move to robotic warfare has plenty of critics. Among several compelling arguments against the growth of automation and unmanned vehicles in war, the most alarming may be that those systems, designed to keep people out of danger, will inevitably lead to more war and make the world more dangerous.

“The depersonalization of warfare lowers the stakes of declaring war in the first place,” argues Veronica Ma in widely-circulated article from the Harvard International Review. “Therefore, with regards to international law and the long-term goals of military programs, automated warfare may be self-defeating and even counterintuitive.”

For now, drones and military robots are big business, and it seems like a foregone conclusion we’re going to see more of them on battlefields and borders.