Killer Robots Poised for 'MASS PRODUCTION' as Campaigners Urge AI to Be Made ILLEGAL
USA – August 22, 2018
AUTONOMOUS killer robots are poised to "proliferate around the world" leading campaigners to call for them to be made illegal.
Campaigners are desperate to stop the production of AI-powered guns, planes, ships and tanks without human control.
A group of 26 countries have teamed up to call for a ban on fully autonomous weapons, joining thousands of scientists and AI experts.
Armed drones and other autonomous weapons systems with decreasing levels of human control are currently in use and development by high-tech militaries including the US, China, Israel, South Korea, Russia, and the UK. The concern is that a variety of available sensors and advances in artificial intelligence are making it increasingly practical to design weapons systems that would target and attack without any meaningful human control. If the trend towards autonomy continues, humans may start to fade out of the decision-making loop for certain military actions, perhaps retaining only a limited oversight role, or simply setting broad mission parameters.
Last November, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) released its first report on the development of autonomy in weapons systems and identified at least 381 autonomous systems developed for defense purposes, including 175 in weapon systems, most remote-controlled drones. Earlier this summer in Paris at the international Eurosatory arms fair, defense contractors from around the world displayed an array of hi-tech weapons systems incorporating artificial intelligence and autonomous features, from remote-controlled tanks to miniature drones to loitering munitions.
A fresh report from Campaign to Ban Killer Robots says fully autonomous weapons would violate Martens Clause, reports The Guardian, an international humanitarian law.
Bonnie Docherty, senior arms researcher at Human Rights Watch, said: "Permitting the development and use of killer robots would undermine established moral and legal standards.
"Countries should work together to preemptively ban these weapons systems before they proliferate around the world.
"The groundswell of opposition among scientists, faith leaders, tech companies, nongovernmental groups, and ordinary citizens shows that the public understands that killer robots cross a moral threshold.
"Their concerns, shared by many governments, deserve an immediate response."
Crunch talks have been penned in for August 27 where 70 Governments will discuss the issue.
Approximately 30 representatives from non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that are members of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots will participate in the meeting, including 1997 Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams, roboticist Noel Sharkey and other technical experts from the International Committee for Robot Arms Control, a co-founder of the campaign. The campaign is a global coalition of 76 NGOs in 32 countries working since April 2013 to preemptively ban lethal autonomous weapons systems, also known as fully autonomous weapons.