Experts debate ethics of using "killer robots" in battlefield

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Professor Ronald Arkin. Photo/UNOG

Technological advances can and must be used to reduce the numbers of non-combatant casualties on the battlefield, according to Ronald Arkin, a professor of robotics and ethics at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Speaking ahead of an informal meeting at the United Nations in Geneva on the "pros and cons" of Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS), he argued in favour of the development of such weapons.

The conclusions of the debate will be submitted to the UN Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW), a platform where participating nations adopt protocols to regulate or limit the use of weapons.

Professor Arkin began by explaining to Jocelyne Sambira why he firmly rejects the term "killer robots" to describe these unmanned weapons.

Duration:  4’29″

 

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