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South Africa should lead effort to ban killer robots

Thompson Chengeta makes the case for African leadership of the effort to retain meaningful human control over weapons systems and the use of force.

As nations convene at the United Nations in Geneva this week to continue deliberations on “lethal autonomous weapons systems” or “killer robots”, it is clear that the diplomatic process is moving too slowly.

If we are to avoid a future where robots decide who gets to live and who dies, there is no time or money to waste — governments must act now.

The original article can be found on the Mail & Guardian website here.

Although the technology involved in autonomous weapons may be complicated, the question countries now need to take a firm stand on is really quite simple: Should machines be allowed to make life-and-death decisions?

Thompson Chengeta, Mail & Guardian

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