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Call to Ban Killer Robots in Wars

By BBC News

February 20, 2019

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A scientific coalition is urging a ban on the development of weapons governed by artificial intelligence (AI), warning they may malfunction unpredictably and kill innocent people.

The coalition has established the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots to lobby for an international accord.

Said Human Rights Watch's Mary Wareham, autonomous weapons "are beginning to creep in. Drones are the obvious example, but there are also military aircraft that take off, fly, and land on their own; robotic sentries that can identify movement."

Clearpath Robotics' Ryan Gariepy advocates for a ban, and cautions that AI's abilities "are limited by image recognition. It...does not have the detail or context to be judge, jury, and executioner on a battlefield."

The New School in New York's Peter Asaro adds that illegal killings by autonomous weaponry raise issues of liability, which would likely make the weapon's creators accountable.

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