Human Rights Watch eyes treaty banning ‘killer robots’

(FILES) — A file photo taken on April 23, 2013 shows a mock “killer robot” pictured in central London during the launching of the Campaign to Stop “Killer Robots,” which calls for the ban of lethal robot weapons that would be able to select and attack targets without any human intervention. A group of top tech leaders, including British scientist Stephen Hawking and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, on July 28, 2015 issued a stern warning against the development of so-called killer robots. Autonomous weapons, which use artificial intelligence to select targets without human intervention, have been described as “the third revolution in warfare, after gunpowder and nuclear arms,” wrote around 1,000 technology chiefs in an open letter. AFP PHOTO/CARL COURT

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