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Losing Humanity: The Case against Killer Robots

Human Rights Watch/International Human Rights Clinic, November 2012

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Resource IDhrwihrc2012
Resource titleLosing Humanity: The Case against Killer Robots
Author/sourceHuman Rights Watch/International Human Rights Clinic
Date publishedNovember 2012
Summary text/ abstractWith the rapid development and proliferation of robotic weapons, machines are starting to take the place of humans on the battlefield. Some military and robotics experts have predicted that "killer robots" – fully autonomous weapons that could select and engage targets without human intervention – could be developed within 20 to 30 years. At present, military officials generally say that humans will retain some level of supervision over decisions to use lethal force, but their statements often leave open the possibility that robots could one day have the ability to make such choices on their own power. Human Rights Watch and Harvard Law School's International Human Rights Clinic (IHRC) believe that such revolutionary weapons would not be consistent with international humanitarian law and would increase the risk of death or injury to civilians during armed conflict. A preemptive prohibition on their development and use is needed.
Library categoriesAnarchism & Action, Croughtonwatch, Cyberwar, Technology
Added to Free Range Library04/09/2014
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