First autonomous flying "drones", then driverless cars, and now it seems autonomous killer robots are being planned. If it's possible, and military planners seem to think it may be, just think of the problems.
I know that war is messy and great evil happens in current wars with current weapons. But at least that evil is the direct result of a human action, and humans can be held to account - at least in principle.
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This is why such weapons must not be allowed.
The UN is discussing the Inhumane Weapons Convention in a session which opens on 13th April. The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots is lobbying to have autonomous killing machines pre-emptively added to the list.
During this election campaign, when our politicians are at least pretending to listen to us, is a good time to challenge them about this issue.
Human Rights Watch has a detailed report on the dangers.
And the Guardian has a rather shorter article.
We must stop this!