This article begins by outlining the principles of the law of armed conflict (LOAC). It then examines the laws governing weapons. Next, it reviews existing and developing autonomous weapons technology, and finally, the article explores the moral principles important to determining the answer to this question. Ultimately, it concludes that until technology is advanced enough to mirror human decision making processes, humans must remain a part of the "kill chain" for the foreseeable future, but that possibility of autonomous weapons that can follow LOAC are possible.
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