Basics Matter in Killer Robots Debate


Last year, Human Rights Watch launched a cam­paign to ban the devel­op­ment of autonomous weapons sys­tems, which they dys­phemisti­cally call “killer robots.” The report and email cam­paign has sev­eral prob­lems to it, which Greg McNeal lays out ably here — namely, that it’s based entirely on an over­sim­pli­fied cam­paign of fear and doesn’t take into […]

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For PBS: The false fear of autonomous weapons

Last month, Human Rights Watch raised eye­brows with a provoca­tively titled report about autonomous weaponry that can select tar­gets and fire at them with­out human input. “Los­ing Human­ity: The Case Against Killer Robots,” blasts the head­line, and argues that autonomous weapons will increase the dan­ger to civil­ians in con­flict. In this report, HRW urges the […]

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