Ban lethal autonomous weapons

Comments Print Pep Montserrat for the Boston Globe   September 08, 2015 LETHAL AUTONOMOUS weapons — robots that can select, attack, and destroy targets without human intervention — have been called the third revolution in warfare, after gunpowder and nuclear arms. While some ridicule the notion of killer robots as “science fiction,” more knowledgeable sources such as the British Ministry of Defence say they are “probably feasible now.” We are not talking about cruise missiles or remotely piloted drones, but about, for example, flying robots that search for human beings in a city and eliminate those who appear to meet specified criteria. For decades, scientists in artificial intelligence have pursued fundamental research on the nature of intelligence, with many benefits for humanity. At the same time, the potential for military…

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