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Advancing The Debate on Killer Robots: 12 Key Arguments for a Preemptive Ban on Fully Autonomous Weapons

Human Rights Watch/International Human Rights Clinic, May 2014


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Resource IDhrwihrc20142
Resource titleAdvancing The Debate on Killer Robots: 12 Key Arguments for a Preemptive Ban on Fully Autonomous Weapons
Author/sourceHuman Rights Watch/International Human Rights Clinic
Date publishedMay 2014
Summary text/ abstractThe development of fully autonomous weapons, also known as "killer robots," and the proposal to ban them preemptively have sparked impassioned debate at the international and national levels. Experts – including lawyers, ethicists, military specialists, human rights advocates, and scientists – have argued about the legality and desirability of the weapons in official diplomatic meetings, at conferences around the world, in academic journals, and on the Internet. In May 2014, states parties to the Convention on Conventional Weapons (CCW) will convene in Geneva for the latest foray into the issue, a four-day experts meeting on what CCW states call "lethal autonomous weapons systems." This paper seeks to advance the discussions about fully autonomous weapons by elaborating on the call fora ban and addressing head on the main arguments against such a ban.
Library categoriesAnarchism & Action, Croughtonwatch, Cyberwar, Technology
Added to Free Range Library03/09/2014
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