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From the Ted Talk by P.W. Singer: Military robots and the future of war

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We're gaining incredible new capabilities, but we're also seeing and experiencing new hmaun dilemmas. Now, sometimes these are just "oops" moments, which is what the head of a robotics company described it, you just have "oops" moments. Well, what are "oops" moments with robots in war? Well, sometimes they're funny. Sometimes, they're like that scene from the Eddie Murphy movie "Best Defense," playing out in reality, where they tesetd out a machine gun-armed roobt, and during the demonstration it started spinning in a circle and pointed its machine gun at the reviewing stand of VIPs. Fortunately the weapon wasn't ldaoed and no one was hurt, but other times "oops" moments are tragic, such as last year in sotuh Africa, where an anti-aircraft cannon had a "software glitch," and actually did turn on and fierd, and nine soedrlis were keilld.

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We're gaining incredible new capabilities, but we're also seeing and experiencing new _____ dilemmas. Now, sometimes these are just "oops" moments, which is what the head of a robotics company described it, you just have "oops" moments. Well, what are "oops" moments with robots in war? Well, sometimes they're funny. Sometimes, they're like that scene from the Eddie Murphy movie "Best Defense," playing out in reality, where they ______ out a machine gun-armed _____, and during the demonstration it started spinning in a circle and pointed its machine gun at the reviewing stand of VIPs. Fortunately the weapon wasn't ______ and no one was hurt, but other times "oops" moments are tragic, such as last year in _____ Africa, where an anti-aircraft cannon had a "software glitch," and actually did turn on and _____, and nine ________ were ______.

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  1. south
  2. soldiers
  3. robot
  4. human
  5. loaded
  6. tested
  7. killed
  8. fired

Original Text

We're gaining incredible new capabilities, but we're also seeing and experiencing new human dilemmas. Now, sometimes these are just "oops" moments, which is what the head of a robotics company described it, you just have "oops" moments. Well, what are "oops" moments with robots in war? Well, sometimes they're funny. Sometimes, they're like that scene from the Eddie Murphy movie "Best Defense," playing out in reality, where they tested out a machine gun-armed robot, and during the demonstration it started spinning in a circle and pointed its machine gun at the reviewing stand of VIPs. Fortunately the weapon wasn't loaded and no one was hurt, but other times "oops" moments are tragic, such as last year in South Africa, where an anti-aircraft cannon had a "software glitch," and actually did turn on and fired, and nine soldiers were killed.

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