Stop Killer Robots

Nearly a year ago we spoke with San Francisco artist Ian Paul regarding his Do Not Kill Registry project.

Comes now a no less serious project…

Killer Robots

On April 23, a news conference was held at the Frontline in London to publicly launch the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots. In its first public statement, the campaign called for urgent action to preemptively ban lethal robot weapons that would be able to select and attack targets without any human intervention.

The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots is a coordinated international coalition of non-governmental organizations concerned with the implications of fully autonomous weapons, also called €œkiller robots. € It calls for a pre-emptive and comprehensive ban on the development, production, and use of fully autonomous weapons. The prohibition should be achieved through an international treaty, as well as through national laws and other measures.

The UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Professor Christof Heyns, is due to deliver his report on lethal autonomous robotics to the second session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, starting May 27, 2013. The report is expected to contain recommendations for government action on fully autonomous weapons.

The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots believes that humans should not delegate the responsibility of making lethal decisions to machines. It has multiple moral, legal, technical, and policy concerns with the prospect of fully autonomous weapons.

Yes – of course they have a Twitter account. And a Facebook account. 1 2

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  1. Hell, they’ve probably also got a Bake Space account. I mean…who doesn’t, right?
  2. Perhaps we’re all getting a little over-heated about this drone stuff, huh? What if we simply encoded in all killer robots Asimov’s “Three Laws of Robotics”? 1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. 2. A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law. 3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law. Wouldn’t that suffice? Wait…ah, yes; they’re drones! Duh.

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