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The Future of Global Warfare: Killer Robots

Goose makes the case for a pre-emptive ban on fully autonomous weapons, citing military planning documents that identify these weapons as the future of warfare.

Despite a lack of public awareness and public debate a number of governments, including European states, are pushing forward with the development of fully autonomous weapons – also known as killer robots. These are weapon systems that will function without any human intervention. The armed robot itself will select its target and will determine when to fire. This is a frighteningly dangerous path to follow in terms of the need to protect civilians during armed conflict.

You can read the publication on the Human Rights Watch website here

More investment means the more such weapons will become part of plans and doctrine for future fighting. Killer robots need to be stopped now, before it is too late.

Steve Goose, Public Service Europe

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