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--- Quote ---A new global campaign to persuade nations to ban "killer robots" before they reach the production stage is to be launched in the UK by a group of academics, pressure groups and Nobel peace prize laureates.

Robot warfare and autonomous weapons, the next step from unmanned drones, are already being worked on by scientists and will be available within the decade, said Dr Noel Sharkey, a leading robotics and artificial intelligence expert and professor at Sheffield University. He believes that development of the weapons is taking place in an effectively unregulated environment, with little attention being paid to moral implications and international law.

The Stop the Killer Robots campaign will be launched in April at the House of Commons and includes many of the groups that successfully campaigned to have international action taken against cluster bombs and landmines. They hope to get a similar global treaty against autonomous weapons.

"These things are not science fiction; they are well into development," said Sharkey. "The research wing of the Pentagon in the US is working on the X47B [unmanned plane] which has supersonic twists and turns with a G-force that no human being could manage, a craft which would take autonomous armed combat anywhere in the planet.
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The idea of autonomous hunter/killer machines seems very creepy. I think we need to mandate laws that stop this before it becomes an evil reality. But is it inevitable? I fear that it is.

If they start mass producing cyborg Summer Glaus, I can't really complain.

I'm not worried about robots. I'd be worried about the kind of laws this would bring about. Maybe they become so paranoid that any AI research becomes banned. I wouldn't like that.

I, for one, will welcome our new robot overlords.

Yeah, this is not good, but someone's awake at the switch..


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