Experts Gather For UN-Hosted Meeting ON ‘KILLER ROBOTS’

by | Aug 28, 2018 | Experts, Headline News | 25 comments

Experts from numerous countries around the globe are gathering for a United Nations meeting to discuss “killer robots.” The weeklong event that opened Monday is the second at the U.N. offices in Geneva and will focus on lethal autonomous weapons systems.

Futuristic robots that can conduct war without human intervention is a big concern among official in the United Nations, according to a report by ABC News. The experts who have gathered for the meeting will discuss ways to define and “deal with” the problems that could arise from the creation of “killer robots.”

Although U.N. officials say that in theory, fully autonomous, computer-controlled weapons don’t exist yet, and the debate is still in its infancy, the discussion is all but mandatory as the experts and officials have often grappled with the very basic definitions. The United States has argued that it’s premature to establish a definition of such systems, much less regulate them, but the meeting will focus largely on those aspects.

Other experts and some of the top advocacy groups say governments and militaries should be prevented from developing such systems, which have sparked fears and led some critics to envision harrowing scenarios about their potential uses.

As the meeting got underway, Amnesty International urged countries to work toward a ban.

Killer robots are “no longer the stuff of science fiction,” Rasha Abdul Rahim, an artificial intelligence researcher for the human rights organization, said. Rahim warned that technological advances are outpacing international law.

Part of the trouble for activists, however, is that the U.N.-backed conference that convened the meeting works by consensus. A single participating country — like a big military power — therefore could scuttle efforts to reach an international ban. –ABC News

And who is to say that a ban will stop the future use of killer robots anyway?  If a country decided to use them despite the ban, ink on paper will be meaningless.

Amandeep Gill, who is chairing the meeting and a former Indian ambassador to the U.N.-backed Conference on Disarmament, said that he personally believes progress is being made on the issue. He said all of the countries generally fall into three camps of thought: One seeks a formal, legal ban on such weapons; another wants a political, but non-binding agreement; and a third wants no changes at all. “We are coming closer to an agreement on what should be the guiding principles — guiding the behavior of states and guiding the development and deployment of such systems around the world,” Gill told reporters Monday. “And this is not an insignificant outcome.”

“There is a lot of movement within the governments,” said Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jody Williams. “We’re up to 26 now that have called for a ban,” said Williams, who won the 1997 Nobel for her work against landmines. “Logic would dictate — at least in my thinking — that there would be a mandate toward negotiating a binding instrument, and that’s what we’re pushing for here this week.”

At a news conference hosted by the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, Williams said the group wants “meaningful human control” when it comes to the use of military weapons.  They also want to progress toward a ban on all computer-controlled weapons systems.

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    1. Beaumont

      You don’t have the carrying capacity, for all the spam, tracking cookies, and cybersquatting, without throttling local firefighters’ data.

      You can’t maintain the social contract of 50-75 years ago, to the point of watering the grass and keeping things painted, yet somehow are able to develop new machines.

      You’re telling us it will be mass produced and integrated.

    2. Sgt. Dale

      Meeting ON ‘KILLER ROBOTS
      What are they going to do turn the loose on us. Wouldn’t it be cool if they turned on the UN first. Then their batteries ran out.

      I wonder what at 300 Win Mag with AP slugs loaded in them would do to a robot????


      • Anonymous

        If that “robot” was an AI controlled tank, or even a bulldozer coming front on, not very much.

        Then there’s the self controlled drone aircraft to consider as well, not much can take them out other than advanced anti-aircraft missiles.

      • Anonymous

        Those killer robots are going to take your JOB!

      • The Deplorable Renegade

        Sarge, the UN and the robots can be defeated. Interesting question about what any high-caliber rifle slug would do to a robot. My next purchase will be a high-powered rifle, possibly .308.

        • Kevin2

          Robots come in many forms. Some walk, some crawl, likely some swim but the real dangerous ones are those that fly. Try fending off thousands of micro drones with a tiny shaped charge warhead with just enough bang” to blow through your skull or take an arm off. They would be in relatively cheap and therefore plentiful while unconcerned by terrain.

          • Genius

            Perhaps a defense from flying drones (if you know the frequency) is to use a frequency generator and an RF amplifier and jam them? Another interesting thing to check out is (I cannot spell it or it gets deleted?) j, a, m, m, e, r, a, l, l, dott comm.

            • Kevin2

              With advancements in AI they might be pre programed and hence self contained. There is a video going around of them in application where they go after specific individuals. Technology is likely to favor the major forces with an established industrial / academic base. On occasion, quite temporarily, a five cent solution thwarts technology as the NVA did wrapping the ignition wires of trucks with aluminum foil to stop them being tracked. I personally wouldn’t put money down on it.

      • Genius

        Sgt. I guess we will find out! Did you ever try those solid copper match boolits from lehigh defense?

    3. Maranatha

      Get the UN out of the USA and get the USA out of the UN.

      We either have self-determination and autonomy or we don’t.

      All the declarations about banning various types of weapons like landmines, chemical weapons, and germ warfare are entirely worthless as as long as some nations do it, then the major players have to do it.

      Have a little common sense. Does North Korea has all three of these kinds of weapons. They sell acquired weapons technology from China as that is how they stay afloat. The Chinese are doing lots of research on robotics as is Japan. Do you really think the genie can be put in the bottle?

      Go back in history to the invention of gunpowder and the RAPID dissemination of it everywhere.

      The only thing stopping robot soldiers is AI technology has not advanced enough. And as soon as that proceeds, then some nations will have robot soldiers.

      The technocrats among the globalists deeply desire robots as slave workers. They only need the military and law enforcement until robot soldiers are available.

      Then they no longer need us.

      What do the “locusts” sound like?

      3And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. 4And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. 5And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man. 6And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.

      7And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men. 8And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions. 9And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle. 10And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months. 11And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.

      12One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.
      Revelation 9-3-12

    4. Him

      We can sleep peacefully tonight. The UN has got our backs. The last place you’d want the UN to be. Behind you.

    5. aljamo

      Proof that both fake opposition sides are murderers is the love thrown at the deceased warhog McCain from supposed socialists like Bernie Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez. The real robots are the easily programmed voters.

      • The Deplorable Renegade

        Aljamo, Sanders and Cortez are both hardcore commies. They and the programmed voters can be defeated with bullets.

        • Kevin2

          No they can’t. The entire battle will be won or lost with the hearts and minds of the public.

    6. B from CA

      Just rename them “disarmed enemy combatants” then “do as you will” with them.


    7. Old Guy

      Robots are the very last thing I will ever worry about.

    8. Joe

      The U.N. was founded by the Satanists. This is their way of telling us that killer robots ARE coming.

      Start developing your countermeasures now.

    9. Zork

      Hey, Zarg. Did you hear the one about the blonde Earthling mad scientist who tried to invent a killer robot?

    10. Zarg

      No, what happened?

      • Zork

        She was successful. It tore head head off.

        • Zarg

          Hahaha! You made me blow glostum out of my armport.

        • Zork

          Supposed to be “her head”, not “head head”. Damn translator made in China or something.

          • Zarg

            Oh ok, I thought you meant it got both of her heads. Now that would be funny!

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