Why killer robots ‘must be stopped’

The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots is an international coalition of 59 groups, including Human Rights Watch and the Nobel Women’s Committee.

Spokesman Peter Asaro, an affiliate scholar at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School, said an international treaty to ban the weapons was urgent.

He told The New Daily killer robots would make it difficult to hold anyone accountable for war crimes and atrocities.

“In practical terms they could be subject to hacking, spoofing, and hijacking, and they could initiate or escalate conflicts without human approval,” he said.

“The delegation of the authority to kill people to an opaque and unaccountable algorithm raises serious moral concerns.”"