UN head calls for a ban

The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots welcomes the strong call to ban killer robots issued by United Nations (UN) Secretary-General António Guterres. At the opening of the Paris Peace Forum on 11 November–the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I–the Secretary-General said: “Imagine the consequences of an autonomous system with the capacity to locate and […]

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Heed the European Parliament’s Call

European Union states should heed a resolution adopted this month by an overwhelming majority of  members of the European Parliament demanding the start of “international negotiations on a legally binding instrument prohibiting lethal autonomous weapons systems.”

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Majority call to negotiate a new treaty

Support for new international law to ban fully autonomous weapons–killer robots–and retain meaningful human control over the use of force is growing rapidly. Yet the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots is dismayed that a small number of military powers are actively preventing progress towards this goal.

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UN seeks to retain human control over force

The Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, is offering to support states to elaborate new measures such as “legally binding arrangements” to ensure that “humans remain at all times in control over the use of force.” The offer is contained in the UN head’s 74-pp disarmament agenda launched in Geneva on 24 May 2018, […]

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Parliamentary actions in Europe

This round-up looks at recent parliamentary actions in Europe in support of the call to ban fully autonomous weapons, also known as lethal autonomous weapons systems. These initiatives provide more evidence of the growing support for starting negotiations on a new international treaty now. States will convene at the UN in Geneva on 27 August for […]

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Google, other companies must endorse ban

Google and its parent company Alphabet are starting to address some ethical concerns raised by the development of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, but, as yet, have not taken a position on the unchecked use of autonomy and AI in weapon systems. These and other technology companies such as Amazon, Microsoft, and Oracle, should […]

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