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Why No Sense of Urgency on ‘Killer Robots?’

Expand © 2012 Russell Christian for Human Rights Watch It isn’t often that the international community comes together to act preventatively on matters relating to warfare. So there was a flurry of media coverage earlier this month when representatives from more than 80 countries met at the United Nations in Geneva to discuss what to do about fully autonomous weapons. Often known as “killer robots,” the central concern is that these weapons would be able to select and attack targets without meaningful human control. The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots warns of the perils of allowing machines…

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