Investing in Autonomous Weapons

Merrill Lynch recently put out a report highlighting the growth of artificial intelligence from an investment perspective, and according to a Wall Street Journal article about this report, robots are about to become a hot commodity for investors. However, that comes with a caveat: Autonomous weapons, or “killer robots,” as the media likes to refer to them, are also anticipated to become an attractive investment. In fact, “the firm estimates that $123 billion will be invested in drones over the next decade,” says the WSJ article. $123 billion. It’s no wonder “a Pew survey that found 48% on industry insiders worry about the effects of robots on society.”