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Autonomy in robotics

As part of its work, armasuisse Science and Technology deals intensively with the current and future challenges of unmanned, mobile systems. These also include questions on what are known as Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS). This month, armasuisse Insights highlights in two reports what autonomy really means, and which threats but also which benefits autonomous systems can entail in a military context.

A soldier sits on a futuristic robot, in the gloomy background are mountains, pyramids and antennas.
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Really autonomous – or perhaps just automatic?

Excerpt of the video on slaughterbots. In the foreground, a speaker can be seen on the stage, while in the background a nano drone is shown.

We are autonomous if we are independent and self-reliant. But when is a system actually autonomous? We explore this question in this article.

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Significance of increasingly autonomous systems in a military context

A man and a girl are standing in front of the futuristic looking main building of armasuisse S+T in Thun. Standing in front of them is the walking robot ANYmal while drones hover above them in the sky.

This article explains the military advantages provided by autonomous systems, as well as the challenges and risks that could arise as a result of their use.

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