GENEVA / LETHAL AUTONOMOUS WEAPONS

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The United Nations in Geneva closed Friday the first-ever formal inter-governmental discussion on fully autonomous weapons, which marked an initial step towards an agreed set of rules governing what machine autonomy could mean for the laws of armed conflict and the future of international security. UNTV CH
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DATELINE: 17 NOVEMBER 2017, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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1. Exterior, Palais des Nations
2. Wide shot, stakeout with Ambassador Gill
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Ambassador Amandeep Gill, Permanent Representative of India to the Conference on Disarmament, Chair of the Group of Governmental Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems:
”I have news for you. The robots are not taking over the world. That is good news. So, humans are still in charge and they continue to remain in charge and we will make sure that continues to be the situation."
4. Close up, journalist
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Ambassador Amandeep Gill, Permanent Representative of India to the Conference on Disarmament, Chair of the Group of Governmental Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems:
"I am very pleased with the discussions, currently we are focused on adopting a report of the group that has specific and concrete conclusions and recommendations. I hope to have consensus on the report."
6. Med shot, radio operator
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Ambassador Amandeep Gill, Permanent Representative of India to the Conference on Disarmament, Chair of the Group of Governmental Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems:
“There is a general understanding in the room that this convention, this CCW is the appropriate framework for dealing with the issue. It is modular, it is evolutionary in its approach, it has a multi stakeholder perspective, it is a possibility of integrating that kind of perspective and it would be important to have those who actually have these technologies participate in this work. So it is important that when we are talking about weapon systems we make sure that those who have the capabilities to deploy those weapon systems are on board."
8. Various shots, journalists

STORYLINE:

The United Nations in Geneva closed today (17 Nov) the first-ever formal inter-governmental discussion on fully autonomous weapons. The five-day meeting hosted by the UN's Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) marked an initial step towards an agreed set of rules governing what machine autonomy could mean for the laws of armed conflict and the future of international security.

On the table for discussion were the technical, legal, military and ethical dimensions of machines capable of making decisions in armed conflict without human oversight.

Chaired by the Indian Ambassador Amandeep Singh Gill, a Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS) examined emerging technologies in the area of lethal autonomous weapons systems, also known as the “Inhumane Weapons Convention.”

Speaking to the media in Geneva Ambassador Gill said, “I have news for you. The robots are not taking over the world. That is good news. So humans are still in charge and they continue to remain in charge and we will make sure that continues to be the situation."

He added, "I am very pleased with the discussions, currently we are focused on adopting a report of the group that has specific and concrete conclusions and recommendations. I hope to have consensus on the report."

A wide array of stakeholders, including many of the 125 High Contracting Parties to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW), as well as representatives of international organizations, non-governmental organizations, academia, industry and civil society were present during the meeting.

Gill said there was agreement that "human beings have to remain responsible for decisions that involve life and death".

“There is a general understanding in the room that this convention, this CCW is the appropriate framework for dealing with the issue. It is modular, it is evolutionary in its approach, it has a multi stakeholder perspective, it is a possibility of integrating that kind of perspective and it would be important to have those who actually have these technologies participate in this work. So it is important that when we are talking about weapon systems we make sure that those who have the capabilities to deploy those weapon systems are on board."

New and evolving artificial intelligence (AI) technologies are challenging existing international norms of what is acceptable in warfare, according to Ambassador Amandeep Gill of India.
Next year the CCW will be hosting for two weeks the next meeting on weapons systems that can identify and destroy targets without human control.
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