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Lobbyists call for ban on 'killer robots'

Posted on Thursday, 30 May, 2013 | Comment icon 13 comments | News tip by: The world needs you

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A UN Human Rights Council meeting in Generva is to discuss the suitability of autonomous weapons.

Robots that can be deployed to the battlefield and then left to make their own decisions on whether or not to fire on a target are in development in several countries including the US, UK and Israel. Unsurprisingly, the concept has sparked considerable protest with campaigners calling for a ban on military robots that cut out the human decision making process.

One of the big concerns is that if the robot makes a decision itself, who is ultimately responsible for it ? Whether or not such robots could ever be trusted to make the right call is also a matter of some debate. "The traditional approach is that there is a warrior, and there is a weapon," said Christof Heyns of the UN. "But what we now see is that the weapon becomes the warrior, the weapon takes the decision itself."

"So-called killer robots are due to be discussed at the UN Human Rights Council, meeting in Geneva."

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #4 Posted by regeneratia on 31 May, 2013, 15:27
What we need to do is fund non-government individuals that will make the same to protect The People and the US Constitution since the US military is no longer interested in doing it.
Comment icon #5 Posted by ali smack on 31 May, 2013, 15:49
sounds like a terrible idea. They will end up like terminator and start trying to kill us all.
Comment icon #6 Posted by AlienDan on 31 May, 2013, 22:39
I'll be back.
Comment icon #7 Posted by lightly on 1 June, 2013, 0:29
killer robots .... somehow it just doesn't seem like a good idea
Comment icon #8 Posted by Sir Wearer of Hats on 1 June, 2013, 10:00
and yor evidence fpr this is ....
Comment icon #9 Posted by regeneratia on 2 June, 2013, 4:35
You mea, like our own government is doing now? Good gods!!!
Comment icon #10 Posted by Sakari on 2 June, 2013, 5:12
Comment icon #11 Posted by jesspy on 2 June, 2013, 11:18
They have to become self aware first. Will the UN have a representative to meet our soon to be robot overlords?
Comment icon #12 Posted by -M7 on 9 July, 2013, 4:58
So what are Sentry Guns classified as?
Comment icon #13 Posted by The world needs you on 9 July, 2013, 5:38
The era of Robocop is nearing. Robot soldiers are one thing but robot cops quite another... Like inÆon Flux and Doomsday!

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