'Terminator' on hold? Debate to stop killer robots takes global stageSubmitted by Barracuda_Trader on Tue, 10/22/2013 - 06:28
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The MK 15 Phalanx close-in weapon system (CIWS) — which can "autonomously perform its own search, detect, evaluation, track, engage and kill assessment functions"— is test fired on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) on April 18, 2013.
A proposal to pause the development of "killer robot" technology is seeing a surge of interest from robotics researchers as well as the representatives of key nations at the United Nations this month.
But before deliberations about regulating killer robots can take place, experts say they want more transparency from governments already using semi-autonomous systems, like the Phalanx naval weapon system, that to a degree can fire on their own, without a human "pulling the trigger."
"We are not luddites, we are not trying to stop the advance of robotics," Jody Williams, 1997 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, and one of the panelists at Monday's UN event, said. But, "I don't want to see robots operating on their own, armed with lethal weapons."