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Worried about the autonomous weapons of the future? Look at what’s already gone wrong

When it comes to future autonomous weapons, many governments say they want to ensure humans remain in control over lethal force. The example of the heavily automated air defense systems that militaries use to guard protected airspace shows that doing so will be difficult.
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In the debate over autonomous weapons, it’s time to unlock the “black box” of AI

As countries around the world race to incorporate AI and greater autonomous functionality into weapons, the years-long debate at the United Nations over what if anything to do about lethal autonomous weapons has not resulted in an answer. Here's one path forward.

Don’t fear the robopocalypse: Autonomous weapons expert Paul Scharre

A former Army Ranger—who happens to have led the team that established Defense Department policy on autonomous weapons—explains in a Bulletin interview what these weapons are good for, what they’re bad at, and why banning them is going to be a very difficult challenge.

Why “stupid” machines matter: Autonomous weapons and shifting norms

Should legal and regulatory norms be adjusted to address the threat of hyperintelligent autonomous weapons in the future? Maybe—but dumb autonomous weapons are altering norms right now.

The case for banning autonomous weapons rests on morality, not practicality

The failure of the chemical weapons ban in Syria is not a strike against a proposed global ban on autonomous weapons. Bans derive their strength from morality, not practicality.
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Death of efforts to regulate autonomous weapons has been greatly exaggerated

Some say trying to use the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons to pre-emptively ban lethal autonomous weapons systems has failed—and consequently should be abandoned. This argument is wrong.

Why the world needs to regulate autonomous weapons, and soon

If machines that autonomously target and kill humans are fielded by one country, it could be quickly followed by others, resulting in destabilizing global arms races. And that’s only a small part of the problem.

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Was a flying killer robot used in Libya? Quite possibly

The Turkish made Kargu-2 drone can operate in autonomous mode and may have been used to attack retreating soldiers fighting against the UN-recognized government in Libya. There's an ongoing global debate about these sorts of weapons, and the Kargu-2 is evidence that it's happening none too soon.
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The United Nations and the future of warfare

The United Nations has debated whether to ban lethal autonomous weapons for years now. As countries make rapid progress in the autonomous capabilities of weapons systems, will any ban be too late to prevent these weapons from being used at borders or in war?

Artificial intelligence and national security

From Harvard University's Belfer Center, this study of artificial intelligence and its likely security implications is an outstanding one-stop primer on the subject.

Semi-autonomous and on their own: Killer robots in Plato’s Cave

To forestall threats from future killer robots, don’t ignore today’s “semi-autonomous” weapons

Stopping killer robots and other future threats

The campaign against fully autonomous weapons may be a road map for confronting tomorrow’s dangerous technologies
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The United States should drop its opposition to a killer robot treaty

Active US engagement in negotiating a relatively modest treaty offers the best hope for mitigating the humanitarian risks of autonomous weapons.

Nuclear Roundup: 7/7/2017

A compilation of quality nuclear policy news published on the Web, around the world. North Korea Will North Korea’s long range missile success help Iran? A Summit Without Fireworks Over North Korea Australia should consider missile defence to counter North Korea: Kevin Rudd North Korea’s missile could hit Canada, and we might not be protected: … Continued
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Listen up, UN: Soldiers aren’t fans of killer robots

Surprisingly, people serving in the US military are less likely than the general public to support using unmanned vehicles in military operations, even when doing so could save soldiers’ lives.
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Killer robots reconsidered: Could AI weapons actually cut collateral damage?

Although activists are calling for an international ban on lethal autonomous weapons, incorporating AI into weapons systems may make them more accurate and result in fewer civilian casualties during war.
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What the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots can learn from the antinuclear weapons movement

What today's campaigners against the battlefield use of A.I.-powered autonomous robots can learn from the successful antinuclear movements of yesteryear.
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Beatrice Fihn explains why nuclear weapons are a scam

A year ago, a majority of the world’s countries—122 of them—voted to enact a treaty with the highly ambitious goal of abolishing nuclear weapons entirely. To the treaty’s critics, it wasn’t so much ambitious as foolish, counterproductive, or irrelevant. But proponents and critics alike can at least agree that it was unprecedented. While the community … Continued