The reality of a "Robocop" U.S. military isn't science-fiction any more. So says the director of the '80s cult classic reboot.
"We already have the drones, we're going to have robots soon," José Padilha told FoxNews.com in a conversation about the automation of violence in combat.
"It's going to happen, which means that every single country will have to have legislation and decide whether they're going to use robots for war or not, which means that they're going to have negotiations at the U.N., and they'll decide what will be accepted and what won't be accepted and so forth.
"This is a real issue. It's bigger than people hunting animals remotely, and it's bigger than using drones."
Gen. Robert Cone, head of the U.S. Army's Training and Doctrine Command, acknowledged recently that robotic warfare is coming, explaining that the Army is working toward becoming "a smaller, more lethal, deployable and agile force" by replacing soldiers with robots and unmanned platforms.
"I've got clear guidance to think about what if you could robotically perform some of the tasks in terms of maneuverability, in terms of the future of the force," Cone said last month at the Army Aviation Symposium in Arlington, Va. "There are functions in the brigade that we could automate -- robots or manned/unmanned teaming -- and lower the number of people that are involved, given the fact that people are our major cost."