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Human Rights Watch: Ban Killer Robots Before It's Too Late

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(Washington, DC) – Governments should pre-emptively ban fully autonomous weapons because of the danger they pose to civilians in armed conflict, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. These future weapons, sometimes called “killer robots,” would be able to choose and fire on targets without human intervention.

The 50-page report, “Losing Humanity: The Case Against Killer Robots,” outlines concerns about these fully autonomous weapons, which would inherently lack human qualities that provide legal and non-legal checks on the killing of civilians. In addition, the obstacles to holding anyone accountable for harm caused by the weapons would weaken the law’s power to deter future violations.

“Giving machines the power to decide who lives and dies on the battlefield would take technology too far,” said Steve Goose, Arms Division director at Human Rights Watch. “Human control of robotic warfare is essential to minimizing civilian deaths and injuries.”

“Losing Humanity” is the first major publication about fully autonomous weapons by a nongovernmental organization and is based on extensive research into the law, technology, and ethics of these proposed weapons. It is jointly published by Human Rights Watch and the Harvard Law School International Human Rights Clinic.

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If these types of automated

If these types of automated weapons are unleashed on the battlefield then it would seems kind of similar to chemical or biological warfare. The latter being somewhat automated as well through chemical or biological processes.

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Deflecting the blame from it possibly having been a mis-directed somethng else?

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I think I see where this is going

They could be programed to kill anyone who doesn't have an RFID chip in their body.

Nothing on the ground will likely be anything our high powered rifles wouldn't at least be able to cripple. Air Drones like the predator on the other hand are more of a problem since they fly so many miles up.

don't give them any ideas.

don't give them any ideas.

Agreed

I guess they don't need my help ;-) That's how these psychopaths think, so I figured I'd go with the odds and throw it out there guessing they already thought of it.

I read several years ago

I read several years ago about the development of robots that scavenge and consume debris and whatever is in its path including humans and corpses. Very creepy! What then came to my mind was my little vacuum cleaning irobots that are working wonders until they encounter long human hair which completely disables them in no time. Robots have serious vulnerabilities - but that should not stop us from preemptively stopping their deployment as the segment suggests. How can anyone seriously believe that these tools would not be used domestically in every intrusive and dangerous means possible? Personally, I don't feel that the issue is whether a human is involved in the death decision - that may actually be worse than having the computer work on a set of known parameters. Obviously the humans now controlling the drones are deploying bombs on mostly innocents, so either way the practice of using robots is wrong.

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