US Rejects Regulations for Banning “Killer Robots”

Drones are being increasingly used throughout the Middle East and North Africa. This relatively new technology has few regulations and presents a lot of interesting challenges for our world. The United States, as a leader in and proponent of this technology, does not want to see it become regulated, for many reasons. But what happens when we start to see them over our houses, as is the case in Italy, where they are being used to track movements of people during the Pandemic.

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The US has rejected calls for a {binding} agreement regulating or {banning} the use of “killer robots,” instead proposing a “code of conduct” at the United Nations. India—on the border with Pakistan, one of the countries hit hardest by drones—likewise, criticized the idea of a legally binding agreement.

At a meeting in Geneva that was focused on finding common ground on the use of lethal autonomous weapons, a US official {balked} at the idea of regulating their use through a “legally-binding instrument,” believing a code of conduct would better promote responsible behavior and {compliance} with international laws. However, campaigners disagreed.

The United Nations has been {hosting} diplomatic talks in Geneva since 2017 with the aim of reaching an agreement on how to address the use of “killer robots.” {Activists} and a number of countries have called for an {all-out} ban on any weapons that could use lethal force without a human {overseeing} the process and making the final kill order.

The UN chief joined the {call} for a ban, but so far countries do not even agree on whether there is a need to regulate the weapons. Clare Conboy of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots said, “States have a historic opportunity to {ensure} meaningful human control over the use of force and prevent a world in which machines make life and death decisions.”

 

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