Killer robots could start new arms ra...

Killer robots could start new arms race, human rights groups say

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Tom Kutsch

Tampa, FL

#1 May 13, 2014
Killer robots could start new arms race, human rights groups say

Human Rights Watch calls for an international ban of fully autonomous weapons as UN takes up debate

May 12, 2014 10:29AM ET
by Tom Kutsch [email protected]

The use of fully autonomous weapons, or killer robots, by militaries or law enforcement would be an affront to basic human rights and should be pre-emptively banned by international convention, a new report released by leading human rights groups said on Monday.

The report (PDF), jointly authored by Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Harvard Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic, comes ahead of the United Nations multiday conference on Tuesday. Convened by parties to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW), it will be the first multilateral session to discuss the legal and human rights implications of killer robots by its 117 signatories.

“In policing as well as war, human judgment is critically important to any decision to use a lethal weapon,” said Steve Goose, arms division director at HRW, in a press release for the report.

“Governments need to say no to fully autonomous weapons for any purpose and to pre-emptively ban them now, before it is too late,” he said.

Killer robots are a technological step beyond unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, which are still contingent on human decision-making, but the autonomous weapons will be technologically feasible in the near future.

“Unlike any existing weapons, these robots would identify and fire on targets without meaningful human intervention. They would therefore have the power to determine when to take human life,” the report said.

United States

#2 May 16, 2014
is here

Bensenville, IL

#3 May 17, 2014
They would serve one purpose and one purpose only: To fulfill Obama's goal of The New World Order. A return to the days of the Roman Empire.
reality is a crutch

Nashua, NH

#4 May 17, 2014
yea but we already got a race of killers on the south side of chicago.

the black drug dealing drug gangs kill wound chicago people without fear or being caught.

this race uses unregistered unlicensed guns to just kill other black people and nothing happens to them..........

sure wish they would park or get a parking ticket so they could be arrested and taken off the streets before they violate any more traffic laws cause they won;t be arrested for killing people in chicago.

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