Killer robots `danger to mankind`

Last Updated: Monday, February 25, 2013 - 15:48

London: A human rights group is set to launch a global campaign to highlight the danger of killing machines and wants a ban before they become a reality.

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) says that robot warfare is the next step up from unmanned drones, and will be available within the decade.

HRW, a New York based NGO that spends millions each year raising awareness of human rights, says that the most of public are not aware of the danger they are in.

For their endeavour, the group is launching the `Stop The Killer Robot` campaign at the House of Commons with supporters including academics and Nobel peace prize laureates.

The group says that fully autonomous weapons do not exist yet, but are being developed by several countries and are precursors to fully autonomous weapons that have already been deployed by high-tech militaries.

They asserted that killer robots are weapons with full autonomy, which will be able to choose and fire on targets without any human intervention.

HRW added that the aim of the conference is firstly to increase civil society awareness and understanding of the challenges that are posed by fully autonomous weapons (killer robots), secondly, to encourage action by civil society to campaign for a ban on their development, production, and use.


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First Published: Monday, February 25, 2013 - 15:48

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