Killer Robot

UN Conference Explores Ban on Killer Robots

The United Nations held its first formal meeting on the topic of killer robots at the Convention on Conventional Weapons in Geneva. Hundreds of experts in AI and robotics sent letters to world leaders, urging a ban on autonomous weapons. Human rights organizations, advocacy groups, tech experts, and others have expressed serious concerns about the speed of advances and heavy investments in weapons that can autonomously select targets and kill humans. During the convention, Brazil, Iraq, and Uganda joined a list of 22 nations calling for a ban on autonomous lethal weapons. However, countries with large militaries and tech industries are resisting these changes. US representatives “said autonomous weapons could help improve guidance of missiles and bombs against military targets, thereby ‘reducing the likelihood of inadvertently striking civilians,'” according to the Associated Press. —TV

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