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Mon Nov 19, 2012, 01:09 PM

'Killer robots' should be banned, say human rights groups

Source: guardian

The use of autonomous drones "killer robots" that could fire weapons with no human control must be prohibited by international treaty, human rights campaigners and lawyers have said.

Weapons being developed that could choose and attack targets without human intervention should be pre-emptively banned because of the danger they would pose to civilians in armed conflict, they said.

Losing Humanity: The Case Against Killer Robots, a 50-page report by Human Rights Watch (HRW), warns that fully autonomous weapons would lack human qualities that provide legal and non-legal checks on the killing of civilians.

"Giving machines the power to decide who lives and dies on the battlefield would take technology too far," said Steve Goose, the HRW arms division director. "Human control of robotic warfare is essential to minimising civilian deaths and injuries."

Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/nov/19/killer-robots-banned-human-rights

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Reply 'Killer robots' should be banned, say human rights groups (Original post)
alp227 Nov 2012 OP
OnyxCollie Nov 2012 #1
MynameisBlarney Nov 2012 #2
sakabatou Nov 2012 #10
AldoLeopold Nov 2012 #17
OnyxCollie Nov 2012 #25
TalkingDog Nov 2012 #22
dixiegrrrrl Nov 2012 #3
Agnosticsherbet Nov 2012 #4
Liberalagogo Nov 2012 #5
lalalu Nov 2012 #8
sakabatou Nov 2012 #12
kentauros Nov 2012 #6
Ian David Nov 2012 #7
jtuck004 Nov 2012 #9
hollysmom Nov 2012 #11
AsahinaKimi Nov 2012 #13
Adenoid_Hynkel Nov 2012 #14
AldoLeopold Nov 2012 #18
sakabatou Nov 2012 #19
Adenoid_Hynkel Nov 2012 #27
OnyxCollie Nov 2012 #28
leveymg Nov 2012 #15
Uncle Joe Nov 2012 #16
longship Nov 2012 #20
bloomington-lib Nov 2012 #21
Javaman Nov 2012 #23
LanternWaste Nov 2012 #24
2on2u Nov 2012 #26

Response to alp227 (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 01:10 PM

1. Killer robots; what could possibly go wrong?

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Response to OnyxCollie (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 01:12 PM

2. INORITE!

They only have our best interest in mind.

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Response to OnyxCollie (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 01:32 PM

10. Yes, nothing wrong here

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Response to sakabatou (Reply #10)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 02:02 PM

17. You're being too judgmental

They're just out hunting humans and will be going back to the lodge for a cold one and human steaks. Good for the gears you know?

Frankly, human population numbers have grown out of control lately and "some" hunting should occur on a permitted basis. Otherwise, you have humans in your yard eating your rose bushes and watching your TV.

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Response to sakabatou (Reply #10)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 05:10 PM

25. You're overlooking new opportunities.

Humans could be employed (kept alive) to polish titanium skulls and remove bits of organic matter (blood, skin, brains) from hard-to-reach crevices.

I, for one, welcome our new robotic Job Creators.

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Response to OnyxCollie (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 04:37 PM

22. Let Sarah Connor 'splain it to you.

nt

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 01:19 PM

3. Wonder if all those dead women and children in the ME

think that human controlled drone blasts are a good way to " minimize civilian deaths".

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 01:23 PM

4. Before we field the technology for autonomous killer drones, there should be treaties to ban them...

We should also consider banning the current generation of drones that are flown by humans in comfortable air-conditioned trailers thousands of miles away.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 01:23 PM

5. The Robots' Spokesbot's response:

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Response to Liberalagogo (Reply #5)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 01:27 PM

8. Bender is one of my favorite characters

 

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Response to lalalu (Reply #8)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 01:38 PM

12. John DiMaggio also plays these two



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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 01:25 PM

6. I'd love to know if these weapons developers

ever go to the movies? Or, if they do, is it with notebook in hand to take notes?

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 01:25 PM

7. I for one welcome our new, robotic overlords. n/t

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 01:31 PM

9. The election is over, and this continued focus on Mi$$ RobMe seems unhealthy. n/t

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 01:37 PM

11. What about the threee laws?

DO I have to watch my romba closely now?

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 01:51 PM

13. "OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOH HELL NAW!'

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 01:54 PM

14. Hail Megatron!

I, for one, welcome our new robotic overlords

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Reply #14)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 02:12 PM

18. Energon Independence by 2027

Though I appreciate Megatron's strong stance on intergalactic defense and his insistence on energon independence, my family has always voted Autobot and will continue to do so.

Optimus/Bumblebee 2016!

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Reply #14)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 03:46 PM

19. You'd lose the Star Scream vote

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Response to sakabatou (Reply #19)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 06:21 PM

27. Starscream would totally go third party

to serve as a spoiler out of spite, after his primary challenge for the Decepticon nomination failed.

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Reply #27)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 07:24 PM

28. Starscream would run as a Decepticon Independent. nt

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 01:59 PM

15. But, if we just put them in charge of nuclear arsenals wouldn't there be more time to play golf?

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 01:59 PM

16. It's a wonder that such a statement even needs to be said.

Thanks for the thread, alp.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 03:47 PM

20. Everybody learn to say, "Klaatu barada nikto."


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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 04:34 PM

21. Too bad I cant go back in time and show people the title of this article.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 04:39 PM

23. mitt romney was unavailable for comment. nt

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 04:47 PM

24. I'd love to see them banned. I'd love to see all weapons banned

I'd love to see them banned. I'd love to see all weapons banned, but too many people enjoy them, and the profits from their manufacture, distribution, sale and use.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 05:36 PM

26. Can you hear one trying to defend itself on the witness stand?? "Well, ya see, this guy looked

 

just like the guy I had to kill last week, two arms, two legs, the whole enchilada....."

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