New York Times: War Machines

27 November 2010, the New York Times reports on ICRAC’s meeting in Berlin.

Last month in Germany, an international group including artificial intelligence researchers, arms control specialists, human rights advocates and government officials called for agreements to limit the development and use of tele-operated and autonomous weapons.

The group, known as the International Committee for Robot Arms Control, said warfare was accelerated by automated systems, undermining the capacity of human beings to make responsible decisions. For example, a gun that was designed to function without humans could shoot an attacker more quickly and without a soldier’s consideration of subtle factors on the battlefield.

The full text of the article can be found here. ICRAC’s Berlin Statement can be found here.

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