Next week, states will decide if and how they will continue international talks on autonomous weapons systems at the UN`s Convention on Conventional Weapons in Geneva. We and the whole Campaign to Stop Killer Robots are calling on states to take the next step towards a ban by agreeing to a Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) in 2016. A GGE will allow states to explore the issues surrounding autonomous weapons systems in depth.
With such an important decision looming over states, we are launching the winners of our youth video contest. Last week, we shared the runner-up video.
Today, we are pleased to announce that Steven Hause of Florida State University won the video contest. Steven’s video covers a number of the key concerns the Campaign has about autonomous weapons systems. We hope that this video will remind governments of the need to take action at CCW next week.
Our colleagues at PAX in the Netherlands released a great new animated video about the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots today. This video brings to light some of the key issues we are trying to address in this campaign in a fun and informative way.
Check it out and share your thoughts in the comments.
Now the team at PAX wasn’t content just to post an amazing video, they also released a new report today. In Deadly Decisions: 8 objections to killer robots, the team opens with a disconcerting quote from John Pike:
First, you had human beings without machines.
Then you had human beings with machines.
And finally you have machines without human beings.
After that the report outlines eight key objections to the development and use of killer robots. It is definitely worth a read: http://www.paxvoorvrede.nl/media/files/deadlydecisionsweb.pdf.
Great work PAX!
Yesterday you met David Wreckham, the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots’ first robot campaigner. David isn’t alone in the campaign and most of his current colleagues are human. Let’s meet some of them and learn why they are so excited to stop killer robots!
(c) Sharron Ward for the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots
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