The road ahead for autonomous weapons
rticle 36 is part of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, which calls for an international agreement to prohibit ‘fully autonomous weapons’ – systems that would be able to identify and attack targets without direct human control. With developments in computers, sensor technology and the proliferation of drone warfare, the movement towards fully autonomous weapons is already under way. Such weapons would raise profound moral and legal concerns and the Campaign is determined to put in place international legal barriers to stop them being put on the battlefield. This short paper provides Article 36’s assessment of the likely next steps for international discussion on the issue.
Letter from UK Government reiterates position on killer robots
A letter from Foreign Office Minister, Alistair Burt lays out some further points on the UK’s current policy regarding fully autonomous weapons. Much of the content of the letter accords with the presentation provided by the Minister in the parliamentary... Read more
Article 36 briefing to UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament for the...
On behalf of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, Maya Brehm of Article 36 provided this morning (28 June 2013) a briefing to the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters. A pdf text of the briefing is... Read more
UK says killer robots will not meet requirements of international law
At a parliamentary debate called by Nia Griffith MP on 17 June the UK Minister for Counter Proliferation, Alistair Burt MP provided further information on British policy regarding fully autonomous weapons. In response to Nia Griffith, who is Vice-Chair of... Read more