Human Rights Watch launches campaign against ‘killer robots’

As the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots kicked off in London today, a robot in Parliament Square distributed literature calling for a ban on fully autonomous weapons.

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If I had a dime for every time someone writes “I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords,” I’d have enough money to bribe my future robot master into sparing me from the meatsack ghettos.

Our dystopian robot future is always good grist for lame jokes. Unless it might actually happen.

Human Rights Watch seems very serious about a new campaign it has launched against what it calls “killer robots.”

“Urgent action is needed to preemptively ban lethal robot weapons that would be able to select and attack targets without any human intervention,” the international non-governmental organization said in a release promoting its Campaign to Stop Killer Robots.

“Lethal armed robots that could target and kill without any human intervention should never be built,” said Steve Goose, Arms Division director at Human Rights Watch.

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