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Lethal Autonomous Weapons Exist; They Must Be Banned


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Lethal Autonomous Weapons Must Be Banned

"According to a recent UN report, a drone airstrike in Libya from the spring of 2020 was conducted by weapons systems with no known humans in the loop. In so many words, the red line of autonomous targeting of humans has now been crossed."

Stuart Russell is a professor of computer science at the University of California, Berkeley. Anthony Aguirre is a professor of physics at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and co-founder of the Future of Life Institute. Emilia Javorsky is a physician-scientist who leads advocacy on autonomous weapons for the Future of Life Institute. Max Tegmark is a professor of physics at MIT and co-founder of the Future of Life Institute.

If, as it seems, the age of slaughterbots is here, what can the world do about it?

The first step must be an immediate moratorium on the development, deployment, and use of lethal autonomous weapons that target persons, combined with a commitment to negotiate a permanent treaty.

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