LAWS: An Open Letter from AI & Robotics Experts

Thousands of experts in artificial intelligence, robotics and related professions have signed an open letter, hosted by the Future of Life Institute, calling for a ban on autonomous weapons that select and engage targets without human intervention. You can read more on the importance of this letter to the current global effort of banning lethal […]

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New ICRAC Podcast series launched

Today sees the launch of the official ICRAC Podcast series. The first couple of episodes were recorded at the Convention on Conventional Weapons meeting of experts hosted at the United Nations in Geneva between April 13 and 17 2015. This was a discussion of Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS), the CCW term for ‘Killer Robots’. […]

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ICRAC closing statement to the 2015 UN CCW Expert Meeting

On April 17th, ICRAC’s Dr. Matthew Bolton delivered the following closing statement to the informal meeting of experts at the United Nations in Geneva. ICRAC Closing Statement to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons Informal Meeting of Experts at the United Nations in Geneva Thank you Mr. Chairperson, Distinguished Delegates, The International Committee for Robot Arms Control […]

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ICRAC second statement on Overarching Issues, 2015 CCW Expert Meeting

On Thursday April 16, ICRAC’s Dr. Peter Asaro delivered the following statement to the informal meeting of experts at the United Nations in Geneva. Thank you Mr. Chair. In response to China’s question, a number of security experts have pointed to the danger of mass attack by conventional weapons on strategically important installations.  Autonomous weapons would […]

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ICRAC statement on Overarching issues, 2015 CCW Expert Meeting

On Thursday April 16, ICRAC’s Dr. Guglielmo Tamburrini delivered the following statement to the informal meeting of experts at the United Nations in Geneva. I wish to thank on behalf of ICRAC the Chair of the CCW expert meeting for setting up and coordinating such a rich and informative program of expert contributions on technical, ethical, […]

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ICRAC’s statement on Challenges to IHL due to increasing degrees of autonomy.

On Wednesday April 15, ICRAC’s Dr. Juergen Altmann delivered the following statement to the informal meeting of experts at the United Nations in Geneva on Panel Challenges to IHL due to increasing degrees of autonomy. Statement from the International Committee for Robot Arms Control: On Panel Challenges to IHL due to increasing degrees of autonomy. This discussion […]

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ICRAC opening statement to the 2015 UN CCW Expert Meeting

This is a guest post by Mark Gubrud (@mgubrud). On Monday April 13, ICRAC guest Dr. Mark A. Gubrud delivered the following statement to the informal meeting of experts at the United Nations in Geneva. International Committee for Robot Arms Control opening statement to the Convention on Conventional Weapons Meeting of Experts on lethal autonomous weapons […]

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New ICRAC leaflet on LAWS and global security

Next week nation states from around the world will meet at the United Nations in Geneva to discuss the problems raised by Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS): weapons that once activated will select targets and attack them with violent force without the benefits of human control. The Convention of Certain Conventional Weapons will host this […]

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Model United Nations Urges Ban on Killer Robots

UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon “energized” by students’ “serious discussions” on autonomous weapons systems   In less than two weeks, diplomats from around the world will gather at the United Nations in Geneva to discuss potential global regulations on “lethal autonomous weapons systems” that would be able to select and attack targets without direct human control. […]

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Our robotic future: The hopes and worries of 10 year old Bethany

Ten year old Bethany Clifford-Tait is concerned about a future that includes autonomous weapons systems aka ‘killer robots’. Such were her worries that she wrote to the producers of the oldest and most popular BBC children’s programme Blue Peter to ask them to spread the word to other children across the country in one of […]

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ICRAC welcomes UN CCW decision for 2015 Expert Meeting on LAWS

ICRAC welcomes the decision by the 2014 UN CCW High Contracting Parties Meeting to keep discussing “lethal autonomous weapon systems” (LAWS). From the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots Website: The decision is an important acknowledgement of the legal, technical, ethical, operational, and societal concerns that have been raised. The broad consensus expressed for continuing the talks shows […]

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ICRAC opening statement to 2014 UN CCW High Contracting Parties Meeting

On November 13, ICRAC’s Noel Sharkey delivered the following statement to the Meeting of the High Contracting Parties to the CCW, gathered to discuss questions related to “lethal autonomous weapons systems” from November 13 to November 14 2014 at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. I am speaking on behalf of the International Committee for […]

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The Campaign and the Media

On Monday, October 20th, The School of Media Studies at The New School hosted a discussion chaired by ICRAC’s Dr. Peter Asaro with Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Ms. Jody Williams and Mary Wareham of Human Rights Watch, looking at the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, the involvement of ICRAC and many other NGOs worldwide and […]

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Canada’s leading robot company rejects ‘killer robots’ — updated!

Hi-Tech Canadian Robotics company, Clearpath, today issued a statement pledging not to manufacture autonomous weapons systems despite their commercial advantage and they urged other companies to follow suit: “those who might see business opportunities in this technology to seek other ways to apply their skills and resources for the betterment of humankind.” ICRAC applauds the […]

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ICRAC’s new mission statement

After having fulfilled ICRAC’s founding mission declared in September 2009, ICRAC members have updated their mission  statement in July 2014. The new, 2014 Mission Statement reads as follows: Declared July 2014, updating the Original Mission Statement in light of ICRAC’s 2009 call to commence a discussion about robot arms control having been heard. Given the […]

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Banning Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems (LAWS): The way forward

With ICRAC’s 2009 mission statement fulfilled and the issue of fully autonomous weapon systems picked up by the international community at the United Nations Convention on Conventional Weapons (CCW) in Geneva, ICRAC and the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots can celebrate a first success (Read more about this here and here and see the ICRAC […]

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ICRAC’s world leading female experts

Following on from the recent CCW informal meeting of experts at the UN in Geneva there has been considerable outcry about the total absence of women being invited to participate as experts. Nobel Peace Laureat Jody Williams led the charge at the meeting by pointing out the large number of relevant female experts that she […]

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ICRAC celebrates successful fulfillment of its 2009 mission

ICRAC is pleased to announce that it has fulfilled the first part of its founding mission statement declared in September 2009 at Sheffield by founding members Juergen Altmann, Peter Asaro, Noel Sharkey and Rob Sparrow. Given the rapid pace of development of military robotics and the pressing dangers that these pose to peace and international […]

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ICRAC closing statement to the 2014 UN CCW Expert Meeting

On May 16, ICRAC’s Frank Sauer delivered the following closing statement to the informal “Meeting of Experts“, gathered to discuss questions related to “lethal autonomous weapons systems” from May 13 to May 16 at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Closing statement by the International Committee for Robot Arms Control Convention on Conventional Weapons Meeting […]

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ICRAC statement on operational issues to the 2014 UN CCW Expert Meeting

On May 15, ICRAC’s Heather Roff delivered the following statement on operational issues to the informal “Meeting of Experts“, gathered to discuss questions related to “lethal autonomous weapons systems” from May 13 to May 16 at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Operational statement by the International Committee for Robot Arms Control Convention on Conventional […]

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ICRAC’s second statement on legal issues to the 2014 UN CCW Expert Meeting

On May 15, ICRAC’s David Akerson delivered the following statement, ICRAC’s second statement on legal issues, to the informal “Meeting of Experts“, gathered to discuss questions related to “lethal autonomous weapons systems” from May 13 to May 16 at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Legal statement by the International Committee for Robot Arms Control […]

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ICRAC statement on legal issues to the 2014 UN CCW Expert Meeting

On May 15, ICRAC’s Heather Roff delivered the following statement on legal issues to the informal “Meeting of Experts“, gathered to discuss questions related to “lethal autonomous weapons systems” from May 13 to May 16 at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Legal statement by the International Committee for Robot Arms Control Convention on Conventional […]

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ICRAC statement on technical issues to the 2014 UN CCW Expert Meeting

On May 14, ICRAC’s Denise Garcia delivered the following statement on technical issues to the informal “Meeting of Experts“, gathered to discuss questions related to “lethal autonomous weapons systems” from May 13 to May 16 at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Technical statement by the International Committee for Robot Arms Control Convention on Conventional […]

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ICRAC opening statement to the 2014 UN CCW Expert Meeting

On May 13, ICRAC’s Juergen Altmann delivered the following statement to the informal “Meeting of Experts“, gathered to discuss questions related to “lethal autonomous weapons systems” from May 13 to May 16 at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Opening statement by the International Committee for Robot Arms Control Convention on Conventional Weapons Meeting of […]

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Is Russia Leading the World to Autonomous Weapons?

This is a guest post by Mark Gubrud (@mgubrud). The short answer is no. But Russia is testing and may deploy at its ICBM bases a lethal mobile system which has “automatic and semi-automatic control modes.” Additionally, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin has recently called for “robotic systems that are fully integrated in the command […]

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