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Killer ROBOTS will eliminate targets without compassion or ethical judgements if countries continue to develop autonomous weapons, Human Rights Watch warns

  • Russia, US, Britain, Australia and Israel accused of blocking controls on robots 
  • Human Rights Watch says the development of lethal machines needs new law 
  • Amazon, Microsoft and Intel have been cited as ‘high concern’ companies  
  • Autonomous weapons including ‘loitering’ drones and sentry guns already exist

Killer robots will destroy targets without compassion or ethical judgement if countries continue to develop autonomous weapons, Human Rights Watch warned today.

Government experts debated the use of lethal autonomous weapons at a meeting of the UN’s Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons in Geneva on Wednesday.

But Human Rights Watch claims their meetings on killer robots, since 2014, are ‘all talk, no action’ and that development of amoral lethal machines is soaring unfettered.

It claims that Russia, the US, Britain, Israel and Australia have refused to back calls for a new treaty designed to retain ‘some form of human control’ over killer robots.  READ MORE…

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