"Bold" action urged to prevent machines from decision-making about killing people

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Michael Møller. UN Photo/Violaine Martin

An appeal has been made by a senior United Nations official for "bold" action" to ensure that decisions to end human life are not made by so-called "killer robots."

Michael Møller, Acting Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva, spoke at the start of a Meeting of Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems.

He said the meeting will allow by non-governmental organizations, experts and academics to discuss the issue in detail.

"This Meeting of Experts is only a first step towards addressing lethal autonomous weapons. In doing so, I urge delegates to take bold action. All too often international law only responds to atrocities and suffering once it has happened. You have the opportunity to take pre-emptive action and ensure that the ultimate decision to end life remains firmly under human control." (23")

Mr. Møller acknowledged what he described as the "crucial" work that has been done by the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots in bringing lethal autonomous weapons to the attention of States and the United Nations.

Lethal autonomous weapons systems have been identified by the presiding official in the meeting as "a challenging emerging issue on the disarmament agenda"

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