Calls mount for action on 'killer robots' after UN talks

A new campaign is calling for a ban on autonomous weapons. But a ban is not the solution neither is inflaming the public with dystopian visions of the futureThe Campaign to Stop Killer Robots has called on the UN to ban the development and use of autonomous weapons: those that can identify, track and attack targets without meaningful human oversight. On Monday, the group released a sensationalist video, supported by some prominent artificial intelligence researchers, depicting a dystopian future in which such machines run wild.I am gratified that my colleagues are volunteering their efforts to ensure beneficial uses of artificial intelligence (AI) technology. But I am unconvinced of the effectiveness of the campaign beyond a symbolic gesture. Even though I identify myself strongly as a pacifist, I have reservations about signing up to the proposed ban. I am not alone in this predicament. Continue reading...

Calls mount for action on 'killer robots' after UN talks

The United Nations on Friday closed the first-ever talks on fully autonomous weapons, with experts warning that time was running out to set rules for the use of the machines dubbed "killer robots".

Fri 17 Nov 17 from

Lethal Microdrones, Dystopian Futures, and the Autonomous Weapons Debate

The future of weaponized robots requires a reasoned discussion, not scary videos

Wed 15 Nov 17 from IEEE Spectrum

Killer robots must be banned but 'window to act is closing fast', AI expert warns

'Allowing machines to choose to kill humans will be devastating to our security and freedom'

Mon 13 Nov 17 from The Independent

UN to host first talks on use of 'killer robots'

The United Nations is set to open its first official talks on the use of autonomous weapons, but a treaty governing so-called killer robots remains far off, the ambassador leading the discussions ...

Fri 10 Nov 17 from

'Killer robots' that can decide whether people live or die must be banned, warn hundreds of experts

'These will be weapons of mass destruction. One programmer will be able to control a whole army'

Tue 7 Nov 17 from The Independent

UN panel agrees to move ahead with debate on 'killer robots'

Human rights groups said governments are moving too slowly to keep up with advances in artificial intelligence that could put computers in control one day.

Fri 17 Nov 17 from Daily Mail

'Slaughterbots' Video Depicts a Dystopian Future of Autonomous Killer Drones

Produced by an Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking-backed organization, the video appears as members of the UN convene in Geneva to discuss autonomous weapons.

Fri 17 Nov 17 from

UN panel agrees to move ahead with debate on 'killer robots'

GENEVA (AP) -- A U.N. panel agreed Friday to move ahead with talks to define and possibly set limits on weapons that can kill without human involvement, as human rights groups said governments ...

Fri 17 Nov 17 from AP


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