‘Killer robots’ to be debated at UN

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Autonomous killer robots do not currently exist but advances in technology are bringing them closer to reality

(SOURCE)  Killer robots will be debated during an informal meeting of experts at the United Nations in Geneva.

Two robotics experts, Prof Ronald Arkin and Prof Noel Sharkey, will debate the efficacy and necessity of killer robots.

The meeting will be held during the UN Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW).

A report on the discussion will be presented to the CCW meeting in November.

This will be the first time that the issue of killer robots, or lethal autonomous weapons systems, will be addressed within the CCW.

Autonomous kill function

A killer robot is a fully autonomous weapon that can select and engage targets without any human intervention. They do not currently exist but advances in technology are bringing them closer to reality.

Those in favour of killer robots believe the current laws of war may be sufficient to address any problems that might emerge if they are ever deployed, arguing that a moratorium, not an outright ban, should be called if this is not the case.

However, those who oppose their use believe they are a threat to humanity and any autonomous “kill functions” should be banned.

“Autonomous weapons systems cannot be guaranteed to predictably comply with international law,” Prof Sharkey told the BBC. “Nations aren’t talking to each other about this, which poses a big risk to humanity.”

Prof Sharkey is a member and co-founder of the Campaign Against Killer Robots and chairman of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control.

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3 thoughts on “‘Killer robots’ to be debated at UN

  1. A new way to annihilate the opposing side. First drones, now robots. Hello 21st century and all its devious, diabolical, evil weaponry, first imagined then reality. “Poses a big risk to society”… you think…
    “To be forewarned is to be forearmed.’ Knowing that we are indeed living in the end time and that the judgment is already in progress helps us evaluate our priorities. It energizes our will to live close to the Lord and be ready for His appearance”. I can’t recall where I read this statement but I’m remembering it so vividly.. Come Lord Jesus come! Stay in the spirit and pray. No matter what happens, Love and trust God. Have patience for His return is sure.

  2. To the killer robot creator I say: SO WHAT! You found a way to kill humanity because you are jealous that you will never be able to CREATE humanity. You dont Appreciate God, The Creator, …and we dont appreciate you or your killer robot. Your no genius.

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