H.G. Wells and the Case for Banning Killer Robots

This week Human Rights Watch came out with a new report outlining the case for banning fully autonomous armed robots. In my editorial for Global Policy’s online Comment and Editorial section, I reflect on the wisdom of the science fiction writer H.G. Wells.

Science and technology, he said, “give us powers novel in history and bring mankind [sic] face to face with dangers such as it has never confronted before…. [O]n the one hand, they render possible such a reasoned coordination of human affairs as has never hitherto been conceivable, … on the other, they so enlarge and intensify the scope and evil of war….” In the development of robotic autonomy we cannot only hope that “reasoned coordination of human affairs” with win out over the “evil of war.” It is something we must work for, call for, campaign for, advocate for.

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~ by Matthew Bolton on 24 November 2012.

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