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#1 Hum

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Posted 11 May 2014 - 21:19

Killer robots will be debated during an informal meeting of experts at the United Nations in Geneva.

 

The meeting of experts will be chaired by French ambassador Jean-Hugues Simon-Michel from 13 to 16 May 2014.

Two robotics experts, Prof Ronald Arkin and Prof Noel Sharkey, will debate the efficacy and necessity of killer robots.

The meeting will be held during the UN Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW).

A report on the discussion will be presented to the CCW meeting in November.

This will be the first time that the issue of killer robots, or lethal autonomous weapons systems, will be addressed within the CCW.

A killer robot is a fully autonomous weapon that can select and engage targets without any human intervention. They do not currently exist but advances in technology are bringing them closer to reality.

Those in favour of killer robots believe the current laws of war may be sufficient to address any problems that might emerge if they are ever deployed, arguing that a moratorium, not an outright ban, should be called if this is not the case.

However, those who oppose their use believe they are a threat to humanity and any autonomous "kill functions" should be banned.

"Autonomous weapons systems cannot be guaranteed to predictably comply with international law," Prof Sharkey told the BBC. "Nations aren't talking to each other about this, which poses a big risk to humanity."

 

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#2 FloatingFatMan

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Posted 12 May 2014 - 11:33

Hmm.. Killed by a robot..

 

Murder, or industrial accident?



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Posted 12 May 2014 - 11:42

Hmm.. Killed by a robot..
 
Murder, or industrial accident?


Statistics.

Arguably terrorism in most cases I'd bet.

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Posted 12 May 2014 - 11:50

I'd love to sit it on this debate and listen to the arguments that support killer robots.

 



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Posted 13 May 2014 - 06:44

I'd love to sit it on this debate and listen to the arguments that support killer robots.

 

 

Seen the Novak show in the new Robocop movie ? there you have it :p