Are You a Computer Scientist, Engineer, Artificial Intelligence Expert or Robotist with a Social Conscience?

In anticipation of the launch of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots next week, the International Committee for Robot Arms Control is urgently seeking “Computer Scientists, Engineers, Artificial Intelligence experts, Roboticists and professionals from related disciplines” to sign a “The Scientists’ Call To Ban Autonomous Lethal Robots.” The petition states:

As Computer Scientists, Engineers, Artificial Intelligence experts, Roboticists and professionals from related disciplines, we call for a ban on the development and deployment of weapon systems in which the decision to apply violent force is made autonomously.

We are concerned about the potential of robots to undermine human responsibility in decisions to use force, and to obscure accountability for the consequences. There is already a strong international consensus that not all weapons are acceptable, as illustrated by wide adherence to the prohibitions on biological and chemical weapons as well as anti-personnel land mines. We hold that fully autonomous robots that can trigger or direct weapons fire without a human effectively in the decision loop are similarly unacceptable.

If you are an expert in the relevant disciplines please sign the petition and distribute it to your colleagues and friends. Now is the time to make a principled stand against the information technology industry’s complicity in the depersonalization of violence. Science has a social responsibility.

Click here to sign.

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~ by Matthew Bolton on 19 April 2013.

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