Drone weapons systems risk leading us to "a Terminator-like reality," warns a British government study

The U.S. government isn't the only one using more robotic weapons in places like Iraq and Afghanistan — the British government is doing it too. But a new study from Britain's Ministry of Defence warns we could be creating Skynet.

The Guardian got a look at the MoD's report, called "The UK Approach to Unmanned Aircraft Systems" — which warns that the increasingly sophisticated and widespread drone aircraft may be launching us on an "incremental and involuntary journey towards a Terminator-like reality." The report also says we need to figure out what constitutes "acceptable machine behaviour" before it's too late. And it warns of high casualties inflicted by "killer drones" in Afghanistan and says "feelings are likely to run high as armed systems acquire more autonomy."

The Guardian also quotes the report as saying:

It is essential that before unmanned systems become ubiquitous (if it is not already too late) … we ensure that, by removing some of the horror, or at least keeping it at a distance, we do not risk losing our controlling humanity and make war more likely.

The report, prepared by the MoD's internal think tank, comes just days after Pakistan asked the United States to scale back drone attacks in more sensitive regions of the country. [Guardian via Telegraph]