“Sharp senses, lethal bite” – The unmanned war robots are modelled after their counterparts in the animal kingdom. They can spot every movement of mice and men in the water, on land and in the air. And they can kill. Autonomously. Does this war technology provides us with essential information and security, as the industry and governments promise, or are they paving the way for a state with absolute control over its citizens? Who bears responsibility for their actions — and their mistakes? How does the notion of “a soldier's honor” change when operators thousands of kilometers away sit in front of computers and only monitor the missions carried out by the machines? And what about those below, the people in the crosshairs? This evolution is already changing warfare, civilian life and our notions of ethics, and, in effect, our status as humans in this world. Will machines ultimately become the more decisive decision-makers?
KARIN JURSCHICK’s award-winning films include: IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN NICE AFTER THAT (2000), THE PEACEKEEPERS AND THE WOMEN (2003), AFTER THE MURDER OF THEO VAN GOGH (2005), NOT ANY MORE (2006), CERTIFICATE IN GERMAN (2009), THE CLOUD. TSCHERNOBYL AND ITS CONSEQUENCES (2011), ON THE TRAIL OF EVIL (2012), and WAR AND GAMES (2015).