It’s the stuff of science fiction: machines that make decisions about who and when to kill. Referred to as “autonomous weapons”, they’re already in use to some degree. But as more sophisticated systems are being developed we wanted to an expert in the field about whether such systems comply with international humanitarian law and what it means for humanity to give machines the power over human life and death.
It’s a typical winter day in Basarabeasca, Moldova, where Vika and Artur are raising five children in a modest house. Outside it’s snowy and cold, but the sun pokes through from time to time, and their heavily bundled children occasionally go out to play. But like most days, Vika and Artur are worried: What will they eat this evening now that the last potatoes are gone? Will we ever be able to afford to fix the broken washing machine?
On this day, however, they are getting a bit of help, and a boost in morale. The woman they affectionately call ‘Aunt Natasha’ has come for a visit, bringing some helpful household supplies and a listening ear. She can’t solve Vika and Artur’s many challenges, but her presence is a sign that in times like these, the small but consistent showing of support and solidarity can make a big difference.