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 rapid pace of development of military robotics and the pressing dangers that these pose to peace and international security and to civilians in conflict, we call upon the international community for a legally binding treaty to prohibit the development, testing, production and use of autonomous weapon systems in all circumstances.

Machines should not be delegated with the decision to kill or use violent force.

Further we call upon the international community to urgently commence deliberations and discussions on:

  • Limitations, regulation and transparency for remotely controlled unmanned systems.

  • A ban on new kinds of unmanned nuclear weapons delivery systems.

  • A prohibition on robotic space weapons.

Considerable progress has been made. But thre is still lots of work to do. As a founding member of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, ICRAC will keep working towards a pre-emptive ban on lethal autonomous weapon systems to ensure that the future of robotics is a peaceful one.

 

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