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The UN Will Consider Banning Killer Robots

Friday the United Nations agreed to discuss a ban on “killer robots” in 2017. The 123 signatories to a long-standing conventional weapons pact “agreed to formalize their efforts next year to deal with the challenges raised by weapons systems that would select and attack targets without meaningful human control,” according to Human Rights Watch.
“The governments meeting in Geneva took an important step toward stemming the development of killer robots, but there is no time to lose,” said Steve Goose, arms director of Human Rights Watch, a co-founder of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots. “Once these weapons exist, there will be no stopping them. The time to act on a pre-emptive ban is now.”

schwit1 reminded us that IEEE Spectrum ran a guest post Thursday by AI professor Toby Walsh, who addressed the U.N. again this week. “If we don’t get a ban in place, there will be an arms race. And the end point of this race will look much like the dystopian future painted by Hollywood movies like The Terminator.”


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