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Drone race will ultimately lead to a sanitised factory of slaughter


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Posted on 06 March 2013
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by nsharkey

This is a link to an article that I wrote for the Guardian Newspaper in August 2012 which I think is becoming more relevant as we progress towards a campaign to stop killer robots. It describes the progression from current drone technology to the new fully autonomous weapons that are described in the Human Rights… Continue Reading Drone race will ultimately lead to a sanitised factory of slaughter
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Economist: Robots go to War


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Posted on 24 July 2012
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by Frank Sauer

On June 2nd 2012, ICRAC is tagged in a lengthy article by The Economist, with a quote be ICRAC’s Juergen Altmann: Pressure will grow for armies to automate their robots if only so machines can shoot before being shot, says Jürgen Altmann of the Technical University of Dortmund, in Germany, and a founder of the… Continue Reading Economist: Robots go to War
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Guardian: Attack of the drones


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Posted on 17 January 2012
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by Frank Sauer

On Sunday 16 January 2011, the Guardian reports on the multi-purpose use of drones, from police enforcement to paparazzi and, obviously, in war zones. In this regard… Noel Sharkey, professor of robotics and artificial intelligence at Sheffield University, told the Royal Society meeting there are credible estimates that one in three casualties from drone attacks… Continue Reading Guardian: Attack of the drones
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Popular Science: The Terminator Scenario


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Posted on 19 December 2011
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by Frank Sauer

Are We Giving Our Military Machines Too Much Power?, Popular science asks, quoting ICRAC’s Noel Sharkey: As quickly as countries build these systems, they want to deploy them, says Noel Sharkey, a professor of artificial intelligence and robotics at the University of Sheffield in England: “There’s been absolutely no international discussion. It’s all going forward… Continue Reading Popular Science: The Terminator Scenario
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Observer: Rise of the Robots and the Future of War


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Posted on 11 December 2011
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by Frank Sauer

Sunday 21 November 2010, the Observer reports on the technological development in unmanned systems, quoting ICARC’s Noel Sharkey. He … … says it is impossible for autonomous robots today to distinguish reliably between civilians and combatants, a cornerstone of international humanitarian law. He also believes robots lack the subtle judgment to adhere to another humanitarian… Continue Reading Observer: Rise of the Robots and the Future of War
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Guardian: Campaigners call for tighter controls of deadly drones


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Posted on 10 December 2011
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by Frank Sauer

On Thursday 16 September 2010, the Guardian reports on ICRAC’s meeting in Berlin on the rapid proliferation of military drone planes and armed robots and possible arms control measures to curb this development, quoting ICRAC’s Steve Wright: “We need a new treaty to limit proliferation. All the arms fairs now are selling UAVs. It’s naive… Continue Reading Guardian: Campaigners call for tighter controls of deadly drones
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heise online: Verbot autonomer Kampfroboter gefordert


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Posted on 09 December 2011
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by Frank Sauer

The German technology website “heise online” reports on ICRAC’s meeting in Berlin. The full text – in German – of the article can be found here. ICRAC’s Berlin Statement can be found here.
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Der Spiegel: Kampfroboter


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Posted on 09 December 2011
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by Frank Sauer

The German weekly news magazine “Der Spiegel” reports on ICRAC’s meeting in Berlin. The full text – in German – of the article can be found here. ICRAC’s Berlin Statement can be found here.
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The Eagle: War Machines Mith Minds


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Posted on 08 December 2011
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by Frank Sauer

A short piece on how “[t]echnology takes our minds by surprise again”, qoting ICRAC’s Noel Sharkey and touching on the issue that “humans can be held accountable, machines can’t.” The full text of the article can be found here.
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New York Times: War Machines


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Posted on 07 December 2011
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by Frank Sauer

27 November 2010, the New York Times reports on ICRAC’s meeting in Berlin. Last month in Germany, an international group including artificial intelligence researchers, arms control specialists, human rights advocates and government officials called for agreements to limit the development and use of tele-operated and autonomous weapons. The group, known as the International Committee for… Continue Reading New York Times: War Machines
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