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The most ominous discussion last weekend wasn't about Daesh (ISIS) terrorism but a new generation of weapons – such as killer robots and malignly programmed "smart" appliances that could be deployed in a future conflict.Behind the main events at the annual discussion of foreign and defense policy in Munich was a topic described in one late-night session as "The Future of Warfare: Race with the Machines". The premise was that we are at the dawn of a new era of conflict in which all wars will be, to some extent, cyber wars, and new weapons will combine radical advances in hardware, software and even biology.Guests at a "Cyber Dinner" hosted by the Atlantic Council considered the dawning world of killer appliances.Clapper opened the door on the brave new world of weaponry with his annual threat-assessment testimony last week before Congress.Daesh has already used chemical weapons in battle, according to Clapper, and the group is known to be working with drones.
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