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ICRAC Video: Peaceful Uses of Robotics and Banning LAWS


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Posted on 12 November 2015
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by Peter Asaro

Stop the Killer Robots from Kamille Rodriguez on Vimeo. The video explains that a ban on killer robots would not have negative impacts on the development of other robotics applications and research. It was created for ICRAC by digital animation artist Kamille Rodriguez: http://www.kamillerodriguez.com/  
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LAWS: An Open Letter from AI & Robotics Experts


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Posted on 29 July 2015
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by Frank Sauer

Thousands of experts in artificial intelligence, robotics and related professions have signed an open letter, hosted by the Future of Life Institute, calling for a ban on autonomous weapons that select and engage targets without human intervention. You can read more on the importance of this letter to the current global effort of banning lethal […]
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Our robotic future: The hopes and worries of 10 year old Bethany


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Posted on 21 March 2015
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by Frank Sauer

Ten year old Bethany Clifford-Tait is concerned about a future that includes autonomous weapons systems aka ‘killer robots’. Such were her worries that she wrote to the producers of the oldest and most popular BBC children’s programme Blue Peter to ask them to spread the word to other children across the country in one of […]
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The Campaign and the Media


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Posted on 27 October 2014
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by Frank Sauer

On Monday, October 20th, The School of Media Studies at The New School hosted a discussion chaired by ICRAC’s Dr. Peter Asaro with Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Ms. Jody Williams and Mary Wareham of Human Rights Watch, looking at the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, the involvement of ICRAC and many other NGOs worldwide and […]
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Canada’s leading robot company rejects ‘killer robots’ — updated!


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Posted on 14 August 2014
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by nsharkey

Hi-Tech Canadian Robotics company, Clearpath, today issued a statement pledging not to manufacture autonomous weapons systems despite their commercial advantage and they urged other companies to follow suit: “those who might see business opportunities in this technology to seek other ways to apply their skills and resources for the betterment of humankind.” ICRAC applauds the […]
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Lethal Autonomous Robots and the UN Convention on Conventional Weapons (CCW)


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Posted on 14 March 2014
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by Frank Sauer

The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, of which ICRAC is one of the founding members, shared a video explaining how the issue of lethal autonomous robots has been picked up by the international community at the United Nations Convention on Conventional Weapons in Geneva. The purpose of the Convention is to ban or restrict the […]
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Geneva Academy Debate: Matthew Waxman vs. ICRAC’s Peter Asaro


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Posted on 26 November 2013
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by Frank Sauer

Autonomous Weapon Systems: Dangerous Killer Robots or Smarter and Less-Harmful Warfare?, Geneva Academy Debate, Wedesday 20 November 11am – 1pm, Maison de la Paix (Chemin Eugène-Rigot 2), Geneva. The motion under debate will be: “Should there be an absolute ban on autonomous systems capable of using lethal force?” Two key speakers will argue for and […]
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Georgia Tech “TechDebate”: Ron Arkin vs. ICRAC’s Rob Sparrow


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Posted on 26 November 2013
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by Frank Sauer

“Published on 21 Nov 2013 – This video is of the inaugural debate in the TechDebates on Emerging Technologies series, which focused on Lethal Autonomous “Killer” Robots. LARs are machines that can decide to kill. Such technology has the potential to revolutionize modern warfare and more. The need for understanding LARs is essential to decide […]
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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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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, […]
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The Politics of Killer Robots: Experts Consider Political, Legal and Ethical Implications of Drones and Other Robotic Weapons at Pace University Symposium

The Politics of Killer Robots: Experts Consider Political, Legal and Ethical Implications of Drones and Other Robotic Weapons at Pace University Symposium


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by mbolton

Not all conduct is justified in war. Centuries of tradition – from religious texts to chivalry and honor codes to modern international humanitarian and human rights law – have limited what weapons armed groups can use, who and what they can target and where and when they may fight. Each new innovation in military technologies and techniques […]
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