A human rights organisation has called for the complete ban of autonomous robotic weapon platforms.
As robots become more advanced, armed forces are finding new ways to turn them in to automated weapons for use in dangerous combat zones. While we're still a long way from the killer cyborgs of the Terminator movies series, concerns are being raised over the potential for future robots to be given full autonomy in deciding what constitutes a viable target. Nicknamed 'killer robots', such weapons platforms would be so dangerous that a blanket ban on their usage has already been suggested.
"Giving machines the power to decide who lives and dies on the battlefield would take technology too far," said Steve Goose of Human Rights Watch. "Human control of robotic warfare is essential to minimizing civilian deaths and injuries."
"Governments should pre-emptively ban fully autonomous weapons because of the danger they pose to civilians in armed conflict, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today."
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