Many leading researchers, IT engineers and tech entrepreneurs agree that the uncontrolled, rapidly advancing research in the context of the military use of autonomous weapon systems is becoming increasingly dangerous. Elon Musk recently warned of the risk of a 3rd world war, and Russian President Vladimir Putin said at the beginning of September: “Whoever is the leader in this sphere will become the leader of the world”. ... →
The Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global warned companies which are developing and producing autonomous weapons systems. Johan H. Andresen, head of the ethics panel of the Pension Fund, told Reuters that in future companies will be critically observed that produce autonomous weapons or are involved in their development. ... →
The United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research UNIDIR prior to the UN General Assembly has published a paper (Testing the Waters) which looks at the dangers posed by cyber attacks on autonomous weapons and warns that the first range of fully autonomous weapons are expected in the maritime sphere. ... →
The Long Range Anti-Ship Missile, under development by Lockheed Martin for the US Air Force and Navy, can act autonomously on targets. Recent testing of the missile proved it is able to manoeuvre on its own out of radio contact with human controllers.
Alone, with no human intervention, the missile is able to decide which ships to attack. ... →
Robots on the Trigger: Are Soldiers Replaceable?
Podium discussion hosted by the Katholische Akademie Berlin (Berlin Catholic Academy) and the Zentrum für Ethische Bildung in den Stretikräften (Center for Ethical Armed Forces Education)
(Berlin, 4 September 2013) – The auditorium of the Berlin Catholic Academy became the setting of a dynamic academic debate on Wednesday evening. ... →
The United Nations (UN) report calling for a global moratorium on lethal autonomous robotics, weapons systems that can select and kill targets without a human being directly issuing a command, will be considered this week in Geneva. The report is due to be presented to the UN Human Rights Council during the afternoon of Wednesday, May 29 by its author Professor Christof Heyns, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. ... →