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Killer Robots: UK Government Policy on Fully Autonomous Weapons

April 19, 2013  No comments
Killer Robots: UK Government Policy on Fully Autonomous Weapons

DOWNLOAD PAPER Article 36 is a UK NGO concerned with policy and legal controls to prevent harm from weapons.  In March 2012 the organization called for a ban on fully autonomous armed robots. This paper situates such a ban within... Read more

The emergence of armed drones and how we assess the acceptability of new weapons

March 21, 2013  No comments
The emergence of armed drones and how we assess the acceptability of new weapons

  “We are establishing standards other nations may follow.” This was Caitlin Hayden, a spokeswoman for the White House National Security Council, acknowledging that US policy and practice on drone strikes will influence the policy and practice of other states. Concerns... Read more

Killer robots debate gets serious

January 9, 2013  No comments
Killer robots debate gets serious

The evolution of military technology and doctrine towards greater autonomy for machines and weapons on the battlefield has long been a concern for roboticists, ethicists and other thinkers and campaigners observing this trend. Opponents to autonomous weapons hold that the... Read more

Restarting disarmament

May 4, 2012  Comments are off
Restarting disarmament

by Richard Moyes and Thomas Nash, 4 May 2012 On ‘domestic’ issues such as the introduction of new medical technologies or pharmaceuticals governments will often be concerned about inadvertent harms to their own citizens, but with weapons the victims are... Read more

Ban autonomous armed robots

March 5, 2012

Call for increased transparency in UK weapons review...

February 27, 2012

UK reviews of weapons under Article 36

November 15, 2011
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