UK opposes international ban on ‘killer robots’…(Gonna NEED Them For “Angry Peasents!!)

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
By Paul Martin
April 14, 2015

The UK is opposing an international ban on so-called “killer robots” at a United Nations conference in Geneva this week, which will examine the future of lethal autonomous weapons systems (Laws).

There is currently no internationally agreed definition of what constitutes a lethal autonomous weapons system and the lack of legal groundwork for killer robots will be a main debate topic at the UN conference. The UK is among 120 countries which will attend the Convention on Conventional Weapons in Geneva from April 13 to 17.

The Foreign Office told the Guardian: “At present, we do not see the need for a prohibition on the use of Laws, as international humanitarian law already provides sufficient regulation for this area.

The United Kingdom is not developing lethal autonomous weapons systems, and the operation of weapons systems by the UK armed forces will always be under human oversight and control. As an indication of our commitment to this, we are focusing development efforts on remotely piloted systems rather than highly automated systems.”

One of the main criticisms is the systems, by their nature, lack human control. Laws are operated via computers, enabling drones and other weapons to select targets and carry out attacks without direct human intervention.

At the convention, complicated battlefields maps will be used to demonstrate how difficult it could be for an automated weapon to accurately select and distinguish targets.

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