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News Roundup: Banning Lethal Autonomous Robots


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Posted on 31 October 2013
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by Frank Sauer

Over the last couple of months, lethal autonomous robots (LARs) went from a sidelined issue to not only a hotly and widely debated topic but most importantly an official item of United Nations (UN) arms control diplomacy. This post provides an overview over recent media coverage as well as events and statements given at the UN. The… Continue Reading News Roundup: Banning Lethal Autonomous Robots
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ICRAC member Dr. Matthew Bolton, presenting a statement on disarmament at the UN General Assembly’s First Committee on Tuesday. Photo by Shant Alexander for Control Arms.

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ICRAC Member and Campaign to Stop Killer Robots Deliver Statements at the UN General Assembly First Committee


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Posted on 30 October 2013
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by mbolton

On behalf of global civil society organizations, International Committee for Robot Arms Control member Matthew Bolton calls for disarmament and arms control “driven by the needs and rights of people most affected by armed violence.” The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots also spoke, calling for fully autonomous weapons to “be prohibited through an international treaty,… Continue Reading ICRAC Member and Campaign to Stop Killer Robots Deliver Statements at the UN General Assembly First Committee
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Futureproofing Is Never Complete: Ensuring the Arms Trade Treaty Keeps Pace with New Weapons Technology


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Posted on 19 October 2013
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by mbolton

In a new working paper, International Committee for Robot Arms Control (ICRAC) members Matthew Bolton (Pace University) and Wim Zwijnenburg (IKV Pax Christi) stress the importance of making sure states control new weapons technologies, including robotic weapons, when the Arms Trade Treatyenters into force. It outlines strategies for civil society (such as the Control Arms campaign) and concerned states to counter… Continue Reading Futureproofing Is Never Complete: Ensuring the Arms Trade Treaty Keeps Pace with New Weapons Technology
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Computing experts from 37 countries call for ban on killer robots

Computing experts from 37 countries call for ban on killer robots


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Posted on 16 October 2013
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by nsharkey

Decision to apply violent force must not be delegated to machines! More than 270 engineers, computing and artificial intelligence experts, roboticists, and professionals from related disciplines are calling for a ban on the development and deployment of weapon systems that make the decision to apply violent force autonomously, without any human control. In a statement… Continue Reading Computing experts from 37 countries call for ban on killer robots
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A meme is born: autonomous = secure


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Posted on 11 October 2013
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by Mark Gubrud

One of Joshua Foust’s assertions in his debate with Heather Roff was that making weapons autonomous was necessary in order to secure them against the threat of hacking. I posted a response after Foustreiterated this surprising argument, and provided a few scraps of pseudo-evidence to support it, in an article which seems to have gone semi-viral on the internet–launching what seems… Continue Reading A meme is born: autonomous = secure
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Roff Foust

ICRAC’s Heather Roff debates Joshua Foust


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Posted on 10 October 2013
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by Frank Sauer

Naval Postgraduate School CRUSER Robo-Ethics Continuing Education Series (RECES) Robo-Ethics Panelist Debate (Part 3)
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People of AI: Do you know anyone, ANYONE at all who has trained a computer vision model and who also thinks that autonomous AI-powered killing machines are a good idea? #DEFCONSafeMode #EthicsVillage