Rights Group: Time to Ban Killer Robots
International treaty needed before it's too late, group says
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 20, 2012 2:13 AM CST
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(Newser) – The world needs to ban robots capable of killing without human input before they become a reality on the battlefield, a human rights group warns. Human Rights Watch and Harvard's International Human Rights Clinic are calling for an international treaty to ban the "development, production and use of fully autonomous weapons" and require robot designers to stick to a code of conduct barring them from working on such robots, the Globe and Mail reports.

Armed robot sentries are already used by South Korea and Israel but those robots, as well as US drones, require human approval before they open fire. Human Rights Watch says the robots it is most concerned about are ones already on the drawing board that are run by algorithms which gives the machines the power to choose who lives or dies, removing human decision-making—and accountability—from the process.

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Nov 20, 2012 11:19 PM CST
This person deserves a visit from an autonomous robot. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQLbwOGT8eM
Nov 20, 2012 9:00 PM CST
nope arnie was ausssssssssssssssssssome!
Nov 20, 2012 6:52 PM CST
now what about cyborgs are they ok ?and exactly how much biological do they need to be a cyborg . for instance could i put Donald Trumps dander infused toup on a cylon and call it a cyborg or would it have to be a huge percentage of biological to mechanical like say a cop with a gun could now be classified as a robot? the legal ramifications are amazing this is why i stick with cloning the skywalker family .