Less autonomy. More humanity.

Technology should be used to empower all people, not to reduce us – to stereotypes, labels, objects, or just a pattern of 1’s and 0’s.

With growing digital dehumanisation, the Stop Killer Robots coalition works to ensure human control in the use of force. Our campaign calls for new international law on autonomy in weapons systems.

Why we exist

The facts about digital dehumanisation

Dehumanisation

Machines don’t see us as people, just another piece of code to be processed and sorted. From smart homes to the use of robot dogs by police enforcement, A.I. technologies and automated decision-making are now playing a significant role in our lives. At the extreme end of the spectrum of automation lie killer robots.

Killer robots don’t just appear – we create them. If we allow this dehumanisation we will struggle to protect ourselves from machine decision-making in other areas of our lives. We need to prohibit autonomous weapons systems that would be used against people, to prevent this slide to digital dehumanisation.

A.I. and Race

Tech like facial recognition favours light-skinned and outwardly masculine faces over darker-skinned and outwardly feminine faces. And, while efforts will be made to diversify data sets, this is not just a case of unrepresentative data. A.I. technologies are reinforcing existing institutional patterns of discrimination. Stereotypes are entrenched by automated decision-making.

New law is needed on autonomy in weapons systems to create boundaries between what is acceptable and unacceptable. This is fundamental to preventing digital dehumanisation and further cycles of oppression and violence. We should be challenging structures of inequality, not embedding them into weapons.

#KeepCtrl

Whether on the battlefield or at a protest, machines cannot make complex ethical choices, they cannot comprehend the value of human life. Machines don’t understand contexts or consequences: understanding is a human capability – and without that understanding we lose moral engagement and we undermine existing legal rules.

Ensuring meaningful human control means understanding the technologies we use, understanding where we are using them, and being fully engaged with the consequences of our actions. Life and death decisions should not be delegated to a machine. It’s time for new international law to regulate these technologies.

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"People wouldn’t be seen by killer robots — they would be processed. Our humanity, our complex identities, should not be reduced to physical features or patterns of behaviour, to be analysed and pattern-matched by systems unable to understand concepts of life, human rights or liberty. "

Isabelle Jones - Stop Killer Robots

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Latest news from around the world

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Vienna Conference on Autonomous Weapons Offers A Preview of Political Leadership

On 15-16 September 2021, the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosted an online conference on Safeguarding Human Control over Autonomous Weapons. Taking place over two afternoon sessions, it kicked off with a High Level Panel that provided a striking illustration of political leadership embracing the need for action on this issue. Austria’s Foreign Minister, Alexander […]

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Momentum towards a new legal framework

A total of 55 countries were represented with intense and focussed discussions on key elements of a potential new framework. Our Campaign was present throughout – in person and virtually, and fuelled progress towards a consensus on the policy ingredients necessary to provide solutions to the moral, ethical, legal, and practical dangers posed by autonomous […]

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Response to report of killer robots in Libya

A United Nations Security Council report has revealed that autonomous weapons systems have been used in Libya where fighters were “hunted down and remotely engaged…by autonomous weapons systems such as the STM Kargu-2 and other loitering munitions.” This is the first time a UN report has noted the use of autonomous weapons.  The technology that […]

Research and resources

Response to GGE Chair’s Guiding Questions

This paper sets out the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots’ response to the additional questions circulated by the Chair of the Group of Governmental Experts on 12th August 2021. Responses cover topics including: Definitions and characteristics Human-machine interaction and human control Ethics

Grejen med mördarrobotar

Using non-technical language, this resource in Swedish introduces the subject of autonomous weapons, threats posed by the development and use of these weapons, a feminist perspective on the issue, and why a treaty is needed to ensure meaningful human control over the use of force. The original publication can be...

Campaigner’s Kit

The goal of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots has not changed since its inception. We are working to preemptively prohibit the development, production and use of fully autonomous weapons, also known as lethal autonomous weapons systems, autonomous weapons systems or killer robots. The positive way of framing this goal...

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