UC Berkeley professor Stuart Russell and the Future of Life Institute have created an eerie viral video titled "Slaughterbots" that depicts a future in which humans develop small, hand-sized drones that are programmed to identify and eliminate designated targets.
In the video above, the technology is initially developed with the intention of combating crime and terrorism, but the drones are taken over by an unknown forces who use the powerful weapons to murder a group of senators and college students. The video does contain some graphic content, and was originally uploaded to YouTube.
Russell, an expert on artificial intelligence, appears at the end of the video and warns against humanity's development of autonomous weapons.
"This short film is just more than speculation," Russell says. "It shows the results of integrating and militarizing technologies that we already have."