- When Dallas police used a bomb-carrying robot to kill a sniper, they also kicked off an ethical debate about technology's use as a crime-fighting weapon.
In what appears to be an unprecedented tactic, police rigged a bomb-disposal robot to kill an armed suspect in the fatal shootings of five officers in Dallas. While there doesn't appear to be any hard data on the subject, security experts and law enforcement officials said they couldn't recall another time when police have deployed a robot with lethal intent.
The only discussion this should open up is, "Where's ours?" and "Can we check one out like a shotgun?" This isn't Skynet - these aren't autonomous machines running around wiping out John Connor and the Resistance. It's a tool under the direct control of the duly authorized agents of the State preventing the further loss of life by a terrorist. That he was killed is incidental, plus any rational human being doesn't really give a shit. That would exclude the a large portion of the media evidently.