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Following Up: Killer Robots

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Steve Goose, director of Human Rights Watch's arms division, discusses the organization's campaign to prevent the development of fully automated weapons -- robots that can select targets and deliver force without human control.

Comments [9]

foodaggro from Brooklyn

Skynet and/or the Age of Ultron is coming.

Apr. 04 2013 11:12 AM
John A

Maybe we're so dumb that only a fast evolving smart weapon will beat us to the point of evolution where killing is eradicated. Human: Shoot now, Evolved weapon: Thou shalt not kill (No). But until that particular Omega Point, much strife and bloodshed. Human effort required.

Apr. 04 2013 11:09 AM
mick from Inwood

I suggest Brian and anyone interested in this subject read some of the work by P. W. Singer:

http://www.carnegiecouncil.org/people/data/p__w__singer.html

Apr. 04 2013 11:03 AM
John A

Cameras that only fire when there's a human face present. Here today. $100. And technology only gets better. I'm saying this to have laws created now.

Apr. 04 2013 11:00 AM
Mick from Inwood

Think robotic automobile assembly machines with weapons. How different is a "killer robot"...fully automated weapons...conceptually, from the "Launch on Warning" nuclear weapons systems that were being advocated by some in the military during the 1980s? Killer robots would be more acceptable because the collateral damage would be less, but that would mean little to the individual noncombatants who die.

Apr. 04 2013 10:59 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Great! I know for Israel, outnumbered 100 to 1, autonomous fighting machines are very much in development. And one thing about robots that make their own decisions, you can't take them to the ICC :) Maybe such robots will end war and the jihad once and for all.

Apr. 04 2013 10:57 AM
Tony from Canarsie

Forget Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics; we need One Law of Humanity.

Apr. 04 2013 10:57 AM
chip

Aren't land mines and booby traps already fully automated weapons?

Apr. 04 2013 10:55 AM

robots that kill only other robots --

-- if the un required that to be the definition of "war" i would be impressed!

Apr. 04 2013 10:51 AM

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