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Israel Deploys Sharp Shooter AI-powered Robot Guns

Israel has deployed guns firing tear gas and rubber bullets that can track specific targets.

The company behind the remote-controlled weapon Smart Shooter says the purpose of the autonomous guns is to protect soldiers and civilians better by enhancing the accuracy of hitting the right target.

"Usually, the terrorist will be inside a civilian environment with many people that we do not want to hurt. We're enabling the soldier to look through his fire control system, to make sure that the target that he wants to hit is the legitimate target," Michal Mor, the CEO of Smart shooter, said.

“Once he locks on the target, the system will make sure that the round will be released when he presses the trigger, only on the legitimate target and none of the bystanders can be hit by the weapon".

The Israeli army in a statement said the autonomous guns are regulated like any other weapon in their arsenal, and won't use live rounds; they can only fire tear gas, stun grenades, and sponge-tipped bullets.

(Via EuroNews

Science fiction writers have described autonomous weapons systems over the years. In Crichton's 1980 novel Congo, the sentry guns used to protect the camp perimeter against fierce gorillas appear to be laser guided by humans who pick out the targets.

He noticed that the guns had an unfamiliar shape - they were somehow too slender, too insubstantial - and that the black cables ran from the guns to squat, snub-nosed mechanisms mounted on short tripods at intervals around the camp.

"That's a LATRAP. For laser-tracking projectile," she whispered. "The LATRAP system consists of multiple LGSDs attached to sequential RFSDs."

She told him that the sentries held guns which were actually laser-guided sight devices, linked to rapid firing sensor devices on tripods. "They lock onto the target," she said, "and do the actual shooting once the target is identified."

Even earlier, Philip K. Dick described ident darts in his 1969 story The Electric Ant which 'tracked their prey for a circle-radius of a thousand miles, responding to unique enceph wave patterns.'

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