Biden administration won’t back ban on ‘killer robots’ used in war

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The United States is indicating that it will not support a legally binding ban on the development of unmanned war machines that operate autonomously, colloquially referred to as “killer warfare robots”.

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The devices, which have reportedly already been used in some combat zones, could be used to engage with enemy combatants and even track or kill human targets without any operator supervision. can also be used for

The development of such technology has long been a concern for AI ethics experts, who warn that the tools provide new opportunities for misuse and abuse. Some major companies, including Tesla, have vowed not to participate in the development of related technology.


Last week, a State Department official told representatives of countries backing the ban that the US would instead insist on a “non-binding code of conduct” for the use and development of lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS).

“In our view, the best way to make progress … would be through the development of a non-binding code of conduct,” Josh Dorosin said before the UN-led conference to review some conventional weapons convention dignitaries. told, according to several news outlets.

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The stance was ridiculed by proponents of attempts to impose ethical restrictions on the use of artificial intelligence, including John Tasiolas, an Oxford professor in AI and director of the Institute for Ethics, who tweeted that the Biden administration’s stance was “sad and surprising.” ” Was. ,

Granthshala The US has reached out to the State Department for clarification on America’s stance on weapons, and to ask why the Biden administration would not support a legally binding document. Indian officials also reportedly opposed the idea at a meeting earlier this month, while dozens of countries such as New Zealand and the former UN Secretary General have supported the call for a ban.

“States have a historic opportunity to ensure meaningful human control over the use of force and stop a world where machines make life-and-death decisions,” said a spokesperson for the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots. Guardian.

LAWS is considered different from drones, which are unmanned aerial units that are controlled remotely by a human operator, which is the major factor that differentiates the two technologies. The Biden administration has greatly reduced the scope of US drone warfare, having been widely used under the Obama and Trump administrations during the War on Terror.

The use of drone technology once again came under harsh scrutiny over the summer, after a US attack on a vehicle originally said to be full of ISIS-K terrorists instead killed several civilians, including several young children. was, and probably not killed, any of the militants.


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