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US, UK stalling UN ban on Killer Robots

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The US and UK are undermining the measures by the UN to control the use of “killer robots” in an attempt to safeguard their investments, experts say.

“A lot of money is going into development(of lethal autonomous weapons) and people will want a return on their investment,” said Christof Heyns, the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions in an interview published by the Guardian on Tuesday.

Heyns pointed out that if a “pre-emptive ban on the high-level autonomous weapons” is not reached soon, it will become extremely difficult to obtain one in the future.

According to Professor Noel Sharkey, the co-founder of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control, the current issue is the wording of such an agreement.

“The UK and US are both insisting that the wording for any mandate about autonomous weapons should discuss only emerging technologies. Ostensibly this is because there is concern that … we will want to ban some of their current defensive weapons like the Phalanx or the Iron Dome,” he said.

He noted that if the discussions go on at their current protracted pace, “many of the weapons that we are concerned about will already have been developed and potentially used.”

Currently no country utilizes fully autonomous weaponry, but some are developing various semi-autonomous systems.

Israel is deploying automated machine-gun turrets in certain positions on the border with the besieged Gaza Strip, which are capable of firing upon Palestinians who near them.

Britain’s unmanned Taranis fighter jets are capable of autonomous flight and target identification. South Korea uses some kind of sentry robot, armed with machine guns, to patrol its border with the North.

Campaigners from across the globe have made multiple calls for a pre-emptive ban on offensive autonomous weapons over the last few years.

In an open letter in July, renowned physicist Stephen Hawking, philosopher Noam Chomsky, leading technologist Elon Musk and thousands of other high-profile experts called for the banning of “killer robots” with Artificial Intelligence (AI).

The mass development of autonomous weapon systems would launch an arms race, such as the one that was triggered over the atomic bomb, with the difference that AI does not require specific hard-to-create basic materials, they argued in the letter.


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  • skreamer

    Hell no! First thing you do is EMP it or electrocute it, then remove its GPS, then steal it, then program it to wash your dishes, mow the lawn, fix the car, be a doctor/vet, paint the house, grow vegetables, fruit trees, tend live stock, collect chicken eggs, vacuum, tidy yard, dust and polish house, clean bathroom, make beds, fix leaking tap, fix guttering, clean out gutters, harass magpies, vacuum car, wash car, detail car, foot massage, make dinner, make juice with vegetables it grew, then brings the juice to you! Change TV channel when batteries run out in remote control, etc etc etc………………………………………………….
    But no!….they want to make a robot that kills people…..how fucking awesome is that!
    “Little girl says to mummy”….mummy……well that robot teach me and help me to learn?
    “mum says”….No darling…its made to murder you!
    “little girl says”….mummy…..you suck! ……..you need to kill the illuminati 13 controlling families and all royal families they are the ones behind this! All Governments are just puppets for them mummy!
    “mummy is to brainwashed to understand what her daughter just told her and so stares at her blankly”

  • skreamer

    When i get a killer robot…”and its only a matter of time”…….i well send it back in time to kill my grandparents so i well never have to put up with these insane humans building robots that kill them!
    See how that works! 8)

  • skreamer

    You would be amazed at how sexy a killer robot is if you put a mini skirt, wig and lipstick on them!
    I get a hard on just thinking about it!…….i hope they can say…”I love you”

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