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TED BURSA COLLEGE / 10-B The Creation of a Robot Army Emirhan ALTUNTEPE As the technologic capabilities of our world develop, and more scientific innovations are popularized to the public, some questions can naturally come to mind. A big majority of the most controversial questions is about the ethical consequences of our changing world. One such question is that if it would be ethical or not were a robot army with a right to kill was created. To answer the question, we must first acknowledge two more important questions: If it is ethical for robots to kill, and if a robot army is needed at all. One of the most notable effects of war on soldiers is that they have much difficulty adapting to civilian life after being on the field for a long time, and creating robot armies help solve that issue. It could also help protect civilians affected by the war because the robots would be programmed to not hurt them. Be it is either human versus human combat or robot versus human combat, because both sides would be trying to kill each other, there would be no problem with robots being given the right to kill. The real problem with this choice would be that robots may be much more unreliable than real humans when it comes to combat. The soldiers are trained by the military in such a way that there is a very low chance of any data being compromised, but no matter how powerful the protection of the robot is, there is always a considerable possibility of the enemy using electronic devices to hijack the robot and get data. No matter how many advantages robot armies bring, there are always many disadvantages. The scientific innovations about warfare should not be about encouraging preference of war but rather be about how to stop the war and destruction from happening.