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On Friday November 13th, AJung Moon from the Open Roboethics initiative (ORi) delivered a statement at the United Nations Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) Meeting of States Parties.

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The majority of people are against the use of autonomous weapons capable of identifying and destroying targets without human input, according to a new survey by researchers at the University of British Columbia. 

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AI researcher Toby Walsh gives a talk at TEDx Berlin on Killer Robots. Walsh will be participating in a side event and media briefing for the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots at the annual meeting of the UN General Assembly’s First Committee Meeting on Disarmament and International Security on October 20.

by   -   July 28, 2015

Over one thousand of the world’s top experts in Artificial Intelligence (AI) are in Buenos Aires this week for the 2015 International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (#IJCAI15).

by   -   April 13, 2015
Mark A. Gubrud at CCW 2015 delivering ICRAC’s opening statement.
Mark A. Gubrud at CCW 2015 delivering ICRAC’s opening statement. Source: ICRAC.

Experts from all over the world are gathered at the United Nations in Geneva today to debate questions surrounding lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS) for the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW). The CCW runs to April 17 – follow the live tweets and check back here for updates. 

Photo by Paul Ridgeway.
Photo by Paul Ridgeway.

Should robots be allowed to make life and death decisions? This will be the topic of heated debate at the United Nations (UN) Palais des Nations in Geneva next week (April 13-17th, 2015). As part of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW), experts from all over the world will gather to discuss questions related to emerging technologies in the area of lethal autonomous weapons systems.” Take our public survey on the topic to voice your opinion. 

by   -   August 20, 2014

Last week the Waterloo-based Clearpath publicly pledged not to develop lethal autonomous weapons in support of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots. While the Campaign has garnered significant support since its launch, it has not previously had support from the for-profit robotics sector – making Clearpath’s public statement a noteworthy demonstration of corporate responsibility, particularly given the company’s background in military applications.

The Convention on Conventional Weapons (CCW) is currently underway at the United Nations in Geneva to discuss questions relating to emerging technologies in the area of lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS). The four-day meeting, which kicked of yesterday with a debate between Ron Arkin and Noel Sharkey, aims to cover the key issues surrounding the use of autonomous technology on the battlefield. 



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