“Growing autonomy in weapons poses a grave threat to humanitarian and human rights law”

I was quoted today in article on growing autonomy in naval weapons, saying:

“Growing autonomy in weapons poses a grave threat to humanitarian and human rights law, as well as international peace and security… In modern combat it is often heartbreakingly difficult to tell the difference between a fighter and a non-combatant.  Such a task relies on a soldier’s wisdom, discretion and judgment; it cannot and should not be outsourced to a machine. Death by algorithm represents a violation of a person’s inherent right to life, dignity and due process. … When the vast majority of countries outlawed anti-personnel landmines — a goal now endorsed by President Obama — they established that weapons which maim or kill absent of direct human control are morally reprehensible.”

Dr. Noel Sharkey — a professor of artificial intelligence, chair of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control and spokesperson for the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots — was also quoted, saying: “Don’t go to the next step. Don’t make them fully autonomous. That will proliferate just as quickly and then you are really going to be sunk.”

To read the full story, click here.

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~ by Matthew Bolton on 6 October 2014.

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