This week, the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots – including our Laureate Jody Williams – was at the United Nations to call for a ban on fully autonomous weapons.
The Campaign took part in the UN General Assembly First Committee on Disarmament and International Security, where it urged world leaders to halt the development of “killer robot” technology. Killer robots would be able to operate on their own, without human control. These weapons have yet to come into existence but the Campaign is hoping to stop them before they do. They are calling for killer robots to be banned in the same way as other tools of war, including chemical weapons and anti-personnel landmines.
There was a positive response at the UN, with signs of momentum building. Four states – France, Austria, Egypt and Pakistan – spoke out against fully autonomous weapons, adding their voices to the more than 272 scientists in 37 countries. At least 19 other states participated in the discussions.