Campaign to Stop Killer Robots

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The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots is a group of non-governmental organizations who seek to pre-emptively ban lethal autonomous weapons.[1][2][3]

First launched in April 2013, member organizations joining the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots have urged governments and the United Nations to issue policy to outlaw the development of "lethal autonomous weapons systems" (LAWS).[4] The United Kingdom opposed such campaigns, with the Foreign Office declaring that "international humanitarian law already provides sufficient regulation for this area".[5]

In July 2015, over 1,000 experts in artificial intelligence signed a letter warning of the threat of an arms race in military artificial intelligence and calling for a ban on autonomous weapons. The letter was presented in Buenos Aires at the 24th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI-15) and was co-signed by Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, Steve Wozniak, Noam Chomsky, Skype co-founder Jaan Tallinn and Google DeepMind co-founder Demis Hassabis, among others.[6][7]

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  1. ^ Merchant, Brian (22 October 2013). "The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots Is Not Going Well". VICE. Retrieved 14 April 2015.
  2. ^ Horowitz, Michael; Scharre, Paul (19 November 2014). "Do Killer Robots Save Lives?". Politico. Retrieved 14 April 2015.
  3. ^ Baum, Seth (22 February 2015). "Stopping killer robots and other future threats". Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Retrieved 14 April 2015.
  4. ^ McVeigh, Tracey (23 February 2013). "Killer robots must be stopped, say campaigners". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 April 2015.
  5. ^ Bowcott, Owen (28 July 2015). "UK opposes international ban on developing 'killer robots'". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 July 2015.
  6. ^ Gibbs, Samuel (27 July 2015). "Musk, Wozniak and Hawking urge ban on warfare AI and autonomous weapons". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 July 2015.
  7. ^ Zakrzewski, Cat (27 July 2015). "Musk, Hawking Warn of Artificial Intelligence Weapons". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 28 July 2015.

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