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Activists launch campaign against ‘autonomous weapons’: Killer robots must be stopped
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London Observer 
Feb 24, 2013
A new global campaign to persuade nations to ban “killer robots” before they reach the production stage is to be launched in the UK by a group of academics, pressure groups and Nobel peace prize laureates.
Robot warfare and autonomous weapons, the next step from unmanned drones, are already being worked on by scientists and will be available within the decade, said Dr Noel Sharkey, a leading robotics and artificial intelligence expert and professor at Sheffield University. He believes that development of the weapons is taking place in an effectively unregulated environment, with little attention being paid to moral implications and international law.
The Stop the Killer Robots campaign will be launched in April at the House of Commons and includes many of the groups that successfully campaigned to have international action taken against cluster bombs and landmines. They hope to get a similar global treaty against autonomous weapons.
“These things are not science fiction; they are well into development,” said Sharkey. “The research wing of the Pentagon in the US is working on the X47B [unmanned plane] which has supersonic twists and turns with a G-force that no human being could manage, a craft which would take autonomous armed combat anywhere in the planet.
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URLs in this post:
 London Observer: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/02/24/activists-launch-campaign-against-autonomous-weapons-killer-robots-must-be-stopped/
 Human rights group: ‘Killer robots’ should be banned: http://www.prisonplanet.com/human-rights-group-%e2%80%98killer-robots%e2%80%99-should-be-banned.html
 The Case Against Killer Robots with Dr. Noel Sharkey: http://www.prisonplanet.com/the-case-against-killer-robots-with-dr-noel-sharkey.html
 US Army Colonel Issues Warning About Remorseless “Killer Robots”: http://www.prisonplanet.com/us-army-colonel-issues-warning-about-remorseless-killer-robots.html
 Pentagon Developing Autonomous Humanoid Robots To “Perform Evacuation Operations”: http://www.prisonplanet.com/pentagon-developing-autonomous-humanoid-robots-to-perform-evacuation-operations.html
 Killer robots and a revolution in warfare: http://www.prisonplanet.com/killer-robots-and-a-revolution-in-warfare.html
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