Almost. I'm not talking about drones, or weapons with various trigger mechanisms. I'm referring to true artificial intelligence that results in a machine making a kill decision based on programing, but not based on human decision making in the field. Campaigners call for ban on "killer robots" (bolding mine) True artificial intelligence is supposedly a long way off and I believe that. We don't even understand how the brain is conscious so how could we make a machine that was? In fiction, there are a lot of machines that take over, or the intelligent ghosts in the machines start acting independently. Occasionally, like in the movie, "Red Planet", there are machines that go haywire and start attacking humans. That would be consistent with this report. But the machines in future fiction are typically more independently intelligent, like Hal in "2001". And that kind of AI is much further off than people imagine. My novel is set in the near future so I'm always interested in the place we can expect technology to reach in the next century. It's not hard to make stuff up, but I want things to be more evidence based. On the other hand, technology moves so quickly, it's hard to imagine the technology of the future very accurately. Gibson in Neuromancer famously didn't anticipate cell phones. Anyway, I found this news article interesting for someone like myself who is anticipating where real technology will be in the near future.