In September of this year, I wrote an article about the Defense Science Board calling on the U.S. Department of Defense to “more aggressively use autonomy in military missions.”
Now Human Rights Watch (HRW) has produced a 50 page report entitled “Losing Humanity: The Case Against Killer Robots” (PDF) calling on a complete ban on “killer robots,” or, more precisely, “fully autonomous weapons.”
Before delving into this report, I am obligated to point out that HRW is far from a faultless organization, as seen in this article on HRW on SourceWatch. That being said, HRW is the apparently the first non-governmental organization (NGO) to address the issue thus far.
Note: to learn more about drones, their use, their future and the dangers of this type of technology, I highly suggest you read some of the many articles published on End the Lie. This is a topic that is not going away and requires a deep level of research to understand.
HRW is now calling on Governments to “pre-emptively ban fully autonomous weapons because of the danger they pose to civilians in armed conflict,” which is indeed something which must be done in order to preserve human rights.
Fully autonomous weapons systems are even more dangerous than typical drones because “humans could start to fade out of the decision-making loop, retaining a limited oversight role—or perhaps no role at all,” according to the HRW report.
As hard as it may be to believe, the prospect of fully autonomous weapons is not pure science fiction, evidenced by the aforementioned Defense Science Board document.
These intentions are also outlined in……