The UK’s version of the Pentagon did a study on UAVs and concluded that their increasing role in warfare could to lead to an “incremental and involuntary journey towards a Terminator-like reality.” Well, that sounds positively frightening. Says the report: “Autonomous systems will, in effect, be self-aware and their response to inputs indistinguishable from, or even superior to, that of a manned aircraft.”

The Ministry of Defense finding (PDF doc) also warns against calling them “drones,” especially when “talking to the media,” preferring “remotely piloted aircraft,” for ya know, the sake of accuracy.