Introduction – Autonomous weapons
Lethal autonomous weapons systems, or killer robots, would be able to select and attack targets without human control, delegating decisions over whom to attack and kill, to a machine. Although fully autonomous weapons are not yet in operation, a number of... Read more
States take first step towards curbing the threat of killer robots
The world moved a step closer to outlawing killer robots today after states agreed to start international talks on the use of lethal autonomous weapons. In a landmark move, the United Nations Convention on Conventional Weapons (CCW), meeting in Geneva, agreed to hold discussions on killer robots in 2014.
Statement by Article 36 to the Meeting of States Parties to the CCW, 14 November 2013
Thank you Mr President We hold this meeting against a background of ongoing conflict where we see high levels of civilian harm from the use of explosive weapons in populated areas. In particular we are seeing harm to civilians from... Read more