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Activists protesting lethal autonomous weapons in Germany this week.

Activists from 35 countries met in Germany this week to urge a ban on lethal autonomous weapons.

Credit: W.Kumm/dpa/picture-alliance

Activists from 35 countries met in Germany this week to urge a ban on lethal autonomous weapons (LAWs), ahead of new talks on such weapons in Switzerland.

The International Committee of the Red Cross calls LAWs a clear violation of international law, with British researcher Noel Sharkey warning machines cannot differentiate between combatants and civilians.

Also favoring a ban are United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the European Parliament.

Europe conducts much of the research on which artificial intelligence (AI) depends, which means European voices wield considerable influence in the LAWs debate.

Sharkey warns non-binding political declarations provide "perfect cover" for countries that are against a ban, which include Israel, Russia, and the U.S.

From Deutsche Welle (Germany)
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