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    The Campaign To Stop Killer Robots

    Campaign To Stop Killer Robots Calls For Pre-Emptive Ban On Autonomous Killers
    Michael Rundle
    23/04/2013



    A campaign has launched to stop the creation of killer robots before it's too late.

    The Campaign To Stop Killer Robots is calling for pre-emptive bans on drones and other robotic hardware which can autonomously decide to kill an enemy and carry out the act without human intervention.

    Such machines do not currently exist, and are not used by any military. All drones used on the battlefield require human intervention to select and fire upon targets.

    But the fear is that the technology is either here or not far away in theory, and that unscrupulous governments might decide to implement the feature as a natural 'next step' from remotely piloted machines.

    The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots is a global effort to draw attention to that fear, and put regulations in place to stop it being realised.

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    The campaign's leader is Jody Williams, who won a Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 for helping to ban anti-personnel landmines.

    She told BBC News in an interview: "As people learn about our campaign, they will flock to it. The public conscience is horrified to learn about this possible advance in weapons systems. People don't want killer robots out there."


    Above: BAE's unmanned prototype Taranis combat aircraft, unveiled in 2010, is designed strike distant targets, "even in another continent."

    Its steering committee includes the New York-based Human Rights Watch, who last year produced a report on the perceived danger of robotic death machines.

    In its report HRW said:
    "Fully autonomous weapons do not yet exist, and major powers, including the United States, have not made a decision to deploy them. But high-tech militaries are developing or have already deployed precursors that illustrate the push toward greater autonomy for machines on the battlefield. The United States is a leader in this technological development. Several other countries - including China, Germany, Israel, South Korea, Russia, and the United Kingdom - have also been involved."
    Recently Lord Astor, the parliamentary under-secretary of state for the Ministry of Defence, said that the UK has no plans for an autonomous robot killer:

    He said in the Lords':
    "Such systems are not yet in existence and are not likely to be for many years, if at all. There are currently a limited number of naval defensive systems that could operate in automatic mode, although there would always be naval personnel involved in setting the parameters of any such operation. I must emphasise that any type of weapon system would be used only in strict adherence with international humanitarian law."
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    too late. Drones planes already identify and select targets by themselves.

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    'Killer robots' to be debated at UN



    Autonomous killer robots do not currently exist but advances in technology are bringing them closer to reality


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    Killer robots will be debated during an informal meeting of experts at the United Nations in Geneva.

    Two robotics experts, Prof Ronald Arkin and Prof Noel Sharkey, will debate the efficacy and necessity of killer robots.

    The meeting will be held during the UN Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW).

    A report on the discussion will be presented to the CCW meeting in November.

    This will be the first time that the issue of killer robots, or lethal autonomous weapons systems, will be addressed within the CCW.
    "I support a moratorium until that end is achieved, but I do not support a ban at this time" ”- Prof Ronald Arkin Georgia Institute of Technology
    Autonomous kill function

    A killer robot is a fully autonomous weapon that can select and engage targets without any human intervention. They do not currently exist but advances in technology are bringing them closer to reality.

    Those in favour of killer robots believe the current laws of war may be sufficient to address any problems that might emerge if they are ever deployed, arguing that a moratorium, not an outright ban, should be called if this is not the case.

    However, those who oppose their use believe they are a threat to humanity and any autonomous "kill functions" should be banned.

    "Autonomous weapons systems cannot be guaranteed to predictably comply with international law," Prof Sharkey told the BBC. "Nations aren't talking to each other about this, which poses a big risk to humanity."

    Prof Sharkey is a member and co-founder of the Campaign Against Killer Robots and chairman of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control.

    Side events at the CCW will be hosted by the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots.
    Automation of warfare

    Prof Arkin from the Georgia Institute of Technology told the BBC he hoped killer robots would be able to significantly reduce non-combatant casualties but feared they would be rushed into battle before this was accomplished.

    "I support a moratorium until that end is achieved, but I do not support a ban at this time," said Prof Arkin.

    He went on to state that killer robots may be better able to determine when not to engage a target than humans, "and could potentially exercise greater care in so doing".

    Prof Sharkey is less optimistic. "I'm concerned about the full automation of warfare," he says.


    Drones

    The discussion of drones is not on the agenda as they are yet to operate completely autonomously, although there are signs this may change in the near future.

    The UK successfully tested the Taranis, an unmanned intercontinental aircraft in Australia this year and America's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) has made advances with the Crusher, an unmanned ground combat vehicle, since 2006.

    The MoD has claimed in the past that it currently has no intention of developing systems that operate without human intervention.

    On 21 November 2012 the United States Defense Department issued a directive that, "requires a human being to be 'in-the-loop' when decisions are made about using lethal force," according to Human Rights Watch.

    The meeting of experts will be chaired by French ambassador Jean-Hugues Simon-Michel from 13 to 16 May 2014


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    I think TD have had killer robots masquerading as mods for a couple of years now.

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    Weren't we supposed to have robots doing the ironing and washing the dishes by now?



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    Quote Originally Posted by Mid
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    The United States is a leader in this technological development.
    Wow, what a surprise

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    Any technology can ultimately be circumvented. While the USA is developing killer robots other countries may be developing appropriate distractions for them.



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    Lay down your arms Americans!!



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