Humans will always make the final decision on whether armed robots can shoot, the US Department of Defense has said.
The statement comes as plans emerge for gun platforms that can choose their own targets on the battlefield.
The plans seek to upgrade existing aiming systems, using developments in machine intelligence.
The US said rules governing armed robots still stood and humans would retain the power to veto their actions.
And some commentators feared this would mean systems that could choose their own targets and make an autonomous decision to fire.
The US Army then updated its proposal, to emphasise the key role of humans in the aiming process.
The US Army also said it would issue a series of “talking points” around human-robot interaction to be debated on 12 March, when industry is invited to an open day to explore how Atlas can be updated.
Prof Michael Horowitz, a political scientist at the University of Pennsylvania and a senior adjunct fellow at the Center for New American Security, told Defense One: “It is critical that any revisions to the Atlas program… clarify the degree of autonomy and the level of human involvement in the use of force.”
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