NEWSY: The Campaign To Ban Killer Robots Before They Become A Reality – Obviously, the footage isn’t real, but here’s the thing: It could become a reality, and we’re not far from it. “The biggest issue, I think, is that we’re crossing a moral line, a fundamental moral line, when we outsource killing to machines like that on the battlefield,” said Mary Wareham.
LAWFARE: “Slaughterbots” and Other (Anticipated) Autonomous Weapons Problems – While the technology may not be widely available now, once it is, we are facing an issue of unprecedented scale. Our ability to defend ourselves against a threat like the one illustrated in the video is limited. We need to plan for malicious swarms of autonomous weapons in civilian environments.
SCIENCE ALERT: This Horrifying ‘Slaughterbot’ Video Is The Best Warning Against Autonomous Weapons – We’re on the verge of creating autonomous weapons that can kill without any help from humans. Thousands of experts are concerned about this – and the latest campaign effort against this tech is a chilling video demonstrating the kind of future we’re heading for.
BUSINESS INSIDER: The short film ‘Slaughterbots’ depicts a dystopian future of killer drones swarming the world – “Nuclear is obsolete. Take out your entire enemy virtually risk free. Just characterize him, release the swarm, and rest easy.” These were some of the first words said in the short film “Slaughterbots.” A joint project between University of California at Berkeley professor Stuart Russell and the Future of Life Institute, the short gives viewers a warning about a fictional dystopian future.
I PROGRAMMER: Programmers Against Slaughterbots – Autonomous weapons might sound like a good idea at first, why send soldiers to die, but the potential for misuse is obvious. You might not have thought of such as the slaughterbot – you need to see this.
SF GATE: UC Berkeley professor’s eerie lethal drone video goes viral – UC Berkeley professor Stuart Russell and the Future of Life Institute have created an eerie viral video titled “Slaughterbots” that depicts a future in which humans develop small, hand-sized drones that are programmed to identify and eliminate designated targets.
DIGITAL TRENDS: ‘Slaughterbots’ video warns of the future of fully autonomous weapons – With more than 70 countries participating, this month’s conference marked an important first step towards curtailing fully robotic weapons, but many industry experts say quicker action is needed. They hope for a historic international treaty such as the current ban on chemical and biological weapons. Toby Walsh of the University of South Wales calls killer robots “weapons of mass destruction,” but he’s confident that a ban will eventually come about. “My only concern is whether [countries] have the courage of conviction to do it now, or whether we will have to wait for people to die first,” he said.
THE GUARDIAN: Ban on killer robots urgently needed, say scientists – “The short, disturbing film is the latest attempt by campaigners and concerned scientists to highlight the dangers of developing autonomous weapons that can find, track and fire on targets without human supervision. They warn that a preemptive ban on the technology is urgently needed to prevent terrible new weapons of mass destruction.”
THE INDEPENDENT: Killer robots must be banned but ‘window to act is closing fast’, AI expert warns – “The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots has released a short film designed to demonstrate what could happen if machines that are capable of choosing who lives and who dies continue to be developed. In the video, autonomous weapons are used to carry out mass killings with frightening efficiency, while people struggle to work out how to combat them.”
CNN: ‘Slaughterbots’ film shows potential horrors of killer drones – “Perhaps the most nightmarish, dystopian film of 2017 didn’t come from Hollywood. Autonomous weapons critics, led by a college professor, put together a horror show.”
MOTHERBOARD: Watch ‘Slaughterbots,’ A Warning About the Future of Killer Bots – “The film opens with a Silicon Valley CEO-type delivering a product presentation to a live audience a la Steve Jobs. The presentation seems innocuous enough at first—the presenter seems to be unveiling some new drone technology—but takes a dark turn when he demonstrates how these autonomous drones can slaughter humans like cattle by delivering “a shaped explosive” to the skull.”
GIZMODO: Artificially Intelligent Drones Become Terrifying Killing Machines in Dystopian Short Film – “In preparation for this week’s UN Convention on Conventional Weapons in Geneva, Switzerland, the Future of Life Institute has released a disturbing sci-fi short that shows what might happen if we fail to place an international moratorium on autonomous killing machines.”
TELEGRAPH: Killer robots are almost a reality and need to be banned, warns leading AI scientist – “The technology to create killer robots is already here and needs to be banned, a leading artificial intelligence scientist has warned. Stuart Russell, a professor of computer science at Berkeley University, California, said “allowing machines to choose to kill humans” would be “devastating” for world peace and security.”
SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST: ‘It is not science fiction’: AI experts warn of new global arms race for killer robots, call for ban – “The film portrays a brutal future. A military firm unveils a tiny drone that hunts and kills with ruthless efficiency. But when the technology falls into the wrong hands, no one is safe. Politicians are cut down in broad daylight. The machines descend on a lecture hall and spot activists, who are swiftly dispatched with an explosive to the head.”
GEEKWIRE: Seven minutes of terror: AI activists turn concerns about killer robots into a movie – “As if the mere phrase “killer robots” weren’t scary enough, AI researchers and policy advocates have put together a video that combines present-tense AI and drone technologies with future-tense nightmares. The disturbing seven-minute movie is being released to coincide with a pitch being made on Monday in Geneva during talks relating to the U.N. Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons, or CCW.”
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES: Who is Stuart Russell? Berkeley AI professor to screen film at UN calling for ban on ‘killer robots’ – “A team from the University of California in Berkeley will present a short film where they explore the effects that autonomous weapons and robots – with the ability to target and make kill decisions – could have on society. The film, titled Slaughterbots, will be screened at the UN’s Convention on Conventional Weapons on Monday, 13 November.”
SEEKER: ‘Slaughterbots’ Video Depicts a Dystopian Future of Autonomous Killer Drones – “A graphic new video posits a very scary future in which swarms of killer microdrones are dispatched to kill political activists and US lawmakers. Armed with explosive charges, the palm-sized quadcopters use real-time data mining and artificial intelligence to find and kill their targets.”
DAILY MAIL: Scientists call for BAN on killer robots as they predict a future where palm-sized drones armed with explosives could hunt people down and kill them – “AI experts have put together a seven-minute film that depicts a terrifying future where tiny killer drones are programmed to carry out mass killings. Made by an advocacy group called Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, the footage shows palm-sized drones, armed with explosives, finding and attacking people without human supervision.”
INVERSE: Ban Killer Robots Before It’s Too Late, Experts Warn the UN – “The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots has taken its cause to the United Nations. Experts gathered in Geneva on Monday to put pressure on the Convention on Conventional Weapons for a global ban on artificial intelligence-powered machines capable of killing humans.”
ZDNET: UN to host discussion about AI in warfare – “Recent advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) make it possible to design weapons systems that can target and attack without human intervention. This week, experts are expected to attend a meeting to discuss lethal autonomous weapons systems at the United Nations (UN) Palais des Nations in Geneva.”
IRISH NEWS: Scientists warn of dangers of ‘killer’ AI drones in dystopian film – “Scientists have called on the United Nations to slow the development of artificially intelligent weapons systems over fears they could lead to “killer robots”. The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, made up of figures from non-governmental organisations around the world, including AI experts, attended a meeting of the Convention on Conventional Weapons in Geneva to push for greater regulation on AI in weaponry.”
FUTURISM: Today, World Leaders Will Meet to Decide the Future of “Killer Robots” – “The film presents a fictionalized scenario in which a tech company showcases and deploys its latest combat drone, which is capable of distinguishing the good guys from the bad guys. A montage of mock new reports illustrates what happens next, when the device’s true abilities are revealed and the machines begin killing off politicians and activists.”
TRIBUNE: Scientists urge for preemptive ban on killer robots – “In an attempt to stress the brutality of the situation, scientists at the University of California produced a short film showing tiny drones [killer robots] that can hunt and kill efficiently released by a military firm. It shows university students, activists and politicians swiftly shot in the head. The disturbing movie highlights dangers of developing autonomous weapons that search, identify, track and kill without human supervision. Scientists are calling for an urgent preemptive ban to prevent the technology.”
GEARS OF BIZ: Artificially Intelligent Drones Become Terrifying Killing Machines in Dystopian Short Film – “In preparation for this week’s UN Convention on Conventional Weapons in Geneva, Switzerland, the Future of Life Institute has released a disturbing sci-fi short that shows what might happen if we fail to place an international moratorium on autonomous killing machines.”
CHANNEL NEWS: AI Experts Make A Movie, In Bid To Stop New Killer drones – “The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, an international coalition working to ban the development of fully autonomous weapons, has ramped up its warnings, releasing a short, professionally produced sci-fi movie that envisages the arrival of autonomous killer drones. Enabled by artificial intelligence and facial recognition, these are tiny drones equipped with explosives that, in the movie, are deployed in vast swarms.”
DAILY STAR: Killer robot ALERT: Video shows AI carry out mass murder WITHOUT human orders – “Gruesome footage put together by AI experts shows small drones descending on a classroom and killing pupils by blowing up their heads. The film – to be show to United Nations (UN) today – stresses the danger of autonomous weapons that pick and destroy targets without instruction. It comes amid the advancement in AI weapons deployed by nations at war.”
THE EXPRESS TRIBUNE: Scientists urge for preemptive ban on killer robots – “When an autonomous weapon falls into the wrong hands, the future of technology in ammunition looks horrifying. In an attempt to stress the brutality of the situation, scientists at the University of California produced a short film showing tiny drones [killer robots] that can hunt and kill efficiently released by a military firm. It shows university students, activists and politicians swiftly shot in the head.”
DW: ‘Killer robots’: autonomous weapons pose moral dilemma – “Will robots soon replace human decision-making in warfare? Even though no single definition for fully automated weapons systems exists, one thing is certain — they raise a host of legal, moral and arms-control questions.”
DEATH RATTLE SPORTS: Who is Stuart Russell? Berkeley AI professor to screen film at UN calling for ban on ‘killer robots’ – “Speaking about the film, Stuart Russell, an artificial intelligence (AI) scientist and professor at Berkeley, said, ‘The technology illustrated in the film is simply an integration of existing capabilities. It is not science fiction. In fact, it is easier to achieve than self-driving cars, which require far higher standards of performance.'”
UN CCW Meeting
HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH: UN: ‘Killer Robots’ Talks Fall Short – Countries meeting in Geneva on November 13-24, 2017, missed a chance to move ahead to prevent the development of weapons systems that would select and engage targets without meaningful human control, Human Rights Watch said today. The countries agreed to continue diplomatic talks that started in 2014 to consider concerns raised over “killer robots,” or lethal autonomous weapons systems. But the unambitious diplomatic process falls far short of what is needed.
HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH: Why No Sense of Urgency on ‘Killer Robots?’ – It isn’t often that the international community comes together to act preventatively on matters relating to warfare. So there was a flurry of media coverage earlier this month when representatives from more than 80 countries met at the United Nations in Geneva to discuss what to do about fully autonomous weapons. But dedicating just a few days per year to discuss killer robots is not enough.
CAMPAIGN TO STOP KILLER ROBOTS: Support builds for new international law on killer robots – After four years a multilateral process to consider concerns relating to lethal autonomous weapons systems looks set to continue aiming low and going slow despite increasing calls for new international law to address this concern. A total of 86 countries participated in a meeting of the Convention on Conventional Weapons Group of Governmental Experts meeting on lethal autonomous weapons systems that concluded in Geneva today. Most states are now calling for a legally-binding instrument on fully autonomous weapons, known at the CCW as “lethal autonomous weapons systems.” That was not the case at the beginning of the week-long meeting. It is largely due to the announcement by the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) group of states, which has expressed hope that the CCW work will lead to an instrument stipulating prohibitions and regulations on lethal autonomous weapons systems.
YAHOO NEWS: Calls mount for action on ‘killer robots’ after UN talks – Twenty-two countries, mostly those with smaller military budgets and lesser technical know-how, have called for an outright ban, arguing that automated weapons are by definition illegal as every individual decision to launch a strike must be made by a human.
ASSOCIATED PRESS: UN panel agrees to move ahead with debate on ‘killer robots’ – A U.N. panel agreed Friday to move ahead with talks to define and possibly set limits on weapons that can kill without human involvement, as human rights groups said governments are moving too slowly to keep up with advances in artificial intelligence that could put computers in control one day.
THE WASHINGTON POST: Stop the rise of the ‘killer robots,’ warn human rights advocates – One of the most vocal groups in opposition of such systems has been the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, which calls for a pre-emptive ban. So far, more than 100 CEOs and founders of artificial intelligence and robotics companies have signed the campaign’s open letter to the United Nations, urging the world community “to find a way to protect us all from these dangers.”
EURASIA REVIEW: Lethal Autonomous Dragon: China’s Approach To Artificial Intelligence Weapons – Analysis – Amidst these deliberations, experts are closely watching the approach taken by the States that are relatively closer to developing fully autonomous weapons and are in possession of ‘semi-autonomous systems.’ Among them, China’s approach to the regulation of LAWS is likely to play a key role in determining future regulations… while the rest of the world is still determining the scope regulation for these weapons, Beijing is certainly in the middle of a quiet arms race to weaponise artificial intelligence and manufacture soldiers of tomorrow.
JUST SECURITY: Lethal Autonomous Weapons and Policy-Making Amid Disruptive Technological Change – “This week, countries are meeting at the United Nations to discuss lethal autonomous weapons and the line between human and machine decision-making. One complicating factor in these discussions is the rapid pace at which automation and artificial intelligence are advancing. Nations face a major challenge in setting policy on an emerging technology where the art of the possible is always changing.”
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES: AI Experts Warn Autonomous Weapons May Become ‘Third Revolution In Warfare’ – “In August, 116 experts on AI including Tesla’s Elon Musk signed an open letter to the UN to take action against the growing threat posed by AI warfare. The letter warned the UN that AI-integrated weapons are “a third revolution in warfare” after gunpowder and the invention of nuclear weapons. The letter called “lethal autonomous” technology a “Pandora’s box.” Keeping this in mind, the United Nations organized a meeting on Monday, where a group of experts gathered to discuss lethal autonomous weapons systems at the United Nations (UN) Palais des Nations in Geneva.”
RT: Rise of the machines: Is it time to take killer robots seriously? (VIDEOS, POLL) – “Now, with the rise of AI and fully-autonomous weapons, the leading lights of the science world are discovering new depths to mankind’s fascination with enacting cruel and unusual punishment on its enemies. However, there are others trying to keep a tight rein on this potentially deadly technology.”
THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD: Future warfare: when robots join the battle, who decides who lives and dies? – “They will devise contracts, as lawyers once did. They will diagnose diseases, like doctors. But should machines take over the business of deciding who lives and dies on the battlefield?”
ECONOTIMES: Hundreds Of AI Experts Want Killer Robots Banned, No To Autonomous Weapons – “Artificial intelligence experts tend to have ill-will towards people like Tesla CEO Elon Musk for warning the world about the dangers of intelligent machines. However, there are also experts who understand the risks posed by AI, especially when it comes to the prospect of autonomous weapons. Hundreds of these AI authorities have already written letters calling for the ban of killer robots.”
THE HINDU: The AI battlefield – “In the Mahabharata, Krishna wielded what would today be called a lethal autonomous weapon: the Sudarshana Chakra would track its target to the ends of the earth, eliminate it and return to its owner. Such machines could soon be made for real.”
VERDICT: The UN Convention on Conventional Weapons meeting will see calls for killer robots to be banned – “The big issue facing international warfare, aside from a potential nuclear war between the US and North Korea, is autonomous weapons. Often referred to as killer robots, these are weapons systems that can select and fire at targets without human interference.”
VOICE OF AMERICA: UN to Host Talks on Use of ‘Killer Robots’ – “The United Nations is set to host talks on the use of autonomous weapons, but those hoping for a ban on the machines dubbed “killer robots” will be disappointed, the ambassador leading the discussions said Friday.”
THE GULF TODAY: Amandeep Singh Gill: Walking a tightrope on Artificial Intelligence – “On November 13, a United Nations (UN) group of experts in Geneva kicked off the first formal inter-governmental discussion on what machine autonomy means for the laws of armed conflict and the future of international security. I have the honour to chair this group, on behalf of 125 states party to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons.”
DISRUPTIVE: “Ban Killer Robots” – AI Experts Urge Governments – “Two open letters have been sent by Artificial Intelligence experts to the Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, which was signed by 122 AI researchers, and to the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, which had 216 signatures on it. Both letters are asking the leaders to make autonomous weapon systems illegal.”