February 15, 2019
Killer robots are a ‘grave threat to humanity’ and should be banned, the world’s largest gathering of scientists was told.
As yet, robot soldiers and security guards armed with lethal weapons are largely science fiction concepts.
But advances in artificial intelligence mean it is only a matter of time before robots with the power to select and attack targets without human input become widespread.
Scientists and human rights campaigners told the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting in Washington DC lethal droids able to select targets without human help represent the ‘third revolution’ in warfare after gun powder and nuclear weapons.
Just as international agreements greatly restricted the use of landmines, similar international agreements should be used to prevent robotic killers becoming established.
Mary Wareham of Human Rights Watch, co-ordinator of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots said: ‘Public sentiment is hardening against the prospect of fully autonomous weapons.
This article was posted: Friday, February 15, 2019 at 8:03 am