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Killer robots must be stopped, say campaigners

McVeigh profiles a new global campaign to persuade nations to ban fully autonomous weapons before they reach the production stage.

A new global campaign to persuade nations to ban “killer robots” before they reach the production stage is to be launched in the UK by a group of academics, pressure groups and Nobel peace prize laureates.

Robot warfare and autonomous weapons, the next step from unmanned drones, are already being worked on by scientists and will be available within the decade, said Dr Noel Sharkey, a leading robotics and artificial intelligence expert and professor at Sheffield University.

This article can be found on the Guardian website here.

Giving machines the power to decide who lives and dies on the battlefield would take technology too far. Human control of robotic warfare is essential to minimising civilian deaths and injuries", said Steve Goose, arms division director at Human Rights Watch.

Tracy McVeigh, The Observer

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