Killer robots: dystopian fiction or imminent threat?

The arms industry has come a long way since World War I, when engineers first started to consider “flying bombs” – pilotless, radio-controlled aircraft packed with explosives. Those early experiments, like the Kettering Bug, an “unmanned aerial torpedo”, or the V-1, a predecessor of the cruise missile, were ahead of their time and mostly saw limited use. Today, […]

European Parliament condemns extrajudicial drone strikes in landslide vote

In a landslide vote, the European Parliament today passed a resolution opposing the practice of extrajudicial killings. It demands that states refrain from perpetrating unlawful targeted killings or facilitating such actions by other states. By a margin of 534 to 49, Members of the European Parliament acknowledged civil society’s grave concerns over the use of […]

Video: Stop killer robots while we still can

Autonomous weapons systems, or killer robots, are weapons that once activated, can select and attack a target without human intervention; mere machines holding the power to decide over the life and death of their possible targets. Watch this short movie by the Dutch peace organisation PAX and learn why the risks of developing – and […]

UN expert once again highlights the risks of drones and killer robots

In a recent event hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on the UN and Drones, Ben Emmerson, UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism, once again warned of the inherent risk of the use of armed drones and the rapid development of autonomous weapons systems. The meeting with UN Special Rapporteur Ben Emmerson and Professor […]

News from AOAV: 18 November 2013

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States take first step towards curbing the threat of killer robots

As a member of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, AOAV welcomes the historic decision taken by nations to begin international discussions on how to address the challenges posed by autonomous weapons systems. In a landmark move, the United Nations Convention on Conventional Weapons (CCW), meeting in Geneva, agreed to hold discussions on killer robots in […]

Noel Sharkey discusses killer robots on BBC Radio 4’s the Today Programme, ahead of UN decision

Member States to the Convention of Conventional Weapons will decide tomorrow whether to consider autonomous weapons systems, or killer robots, under the current treaty. Ahead of what could be a landmark decision towards a moratorium against the development of these weapons, Professor Noel Sharkey, chair of ICRAC and founding member of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, discusses […]

UN: Seize the opportunity for action on killer robots

States should seize the opportunity to take international action to prevent the creation of fully autonomous robot weapons that, once activated, would select and engage targets without human intervention, said the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots today at an event at the United Nations in Geneva. Later this week, States Parties to the Convention on […]

News from AOAV: 8 November 2013

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Governments to decide whether to start talks on killer robots

At next week’s annual meeting of States Parties to the UN Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW), governments will discuss whether autonomous weapon systems, or killer robots, should be considered under the current treaty. The CCW was introduced in 1980 and was designed to prohibit or restrict weapons of concern, such as landmines, incendiary weapons or blinding […]

Killer robots: states speak out at UN, many urging international talks

The 2013 session of the United Nations General Assembly First Committee on Disarmament and International Security has seen a number of states speak for the first time about fully autonomous weapons, with many urging international talks. The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots addressed the First Committee for the first time on Tuesday, 29 October, calling on states […]

Campaigners present concerns over killer robots at UN

All nations should agree to begin international talks aimed at preventing the creation of fully autonomous robot weapons that, once activated, would select and engage targets without human intervention, said the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots today at an event at the United Nations in New York. “Governments should never relinquish human control of targeting […]