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Toy Soldiers to Killer Robots: Noel Sharkey at TEDxSheffield 2013

Watch Professor Noel Sharkey, spokesperson of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, talk about the history of unmanned weaponry and the ever-growing threat of killer robots at TEDxSheffield earlier this year.

Who is Noel Sharkey?

Noel Sharkey is Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics and Professor of Public Engagement at the University of Sheffield. He is co-founder and chair of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control (ICRAC), a group of experts concerned with the pressing dangers that military robots pose to peace and international security. He is also a spokesperson of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots.

Professor Sharkey is a multi-disciplinarian with a career spanning psychology, cognitive science, artificial intelligence, computer science, engineering and robotics. He holds a PhD in psychology/cognitive science and has an honorary science doctorate DSc. He is a chartered electrical engineer and a chartered information technology professional. Professor Sharkey holds fellowships at the Institution of Engineering and Information Technology, the Royal Institute of Navigation, the British Computer Society and the Royal Society of Arts. He is a member of the Experimental Psychology Society and also Equity, the actors union. His current research passion is on the ethics of robot applications including care, policing, military, crime, sex, transport and medicine.