Media Interest in Killer Robots Grows

Spurred by public interest in the civilian casualties of US use of drones in so-called ‘targeted killings,’ the last few weeks have shown a growing interest in the issue of killer robots (military robots that will have the capacity to select and fire upon targets independent of human involvement). A couple weeks ago, The Observer covered efforts by activists who are planning a campaign to ban killer robots. Intelligence2 recently aired a fascinating debate about the effectiveness of drone warfare (see above YouTube video). On Sunday, the BBC covered the increasing debate about how to regulate military robots on Sunday in an article quoting Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Jody Williams (former coodinator of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines) saying, “The mere thought that human beings would set about creating machines that they can set loose to kill other human being, I find repulsive.”

Meanwhile, the International Committee for Robot Arms Control (ICRAC), of which I am member, launched its called for “Computer Scientists, Engineers, Artificial Intelligence experts, Roboticists and professionals from related disciplines” to sign a “Scientists Call to Ban Autonomous Lethal Robots.” To learn more about the Call, click here.

For more information on growing global effort to regulate military robotics, click here.

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~ by Matthew Bolton on 6 March 2013.

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