The killer robot difference

They don’t get tired, they don’t get paralyzed with fear, and if you lose them, so what? It’s just a machine. There’s no person in there. But that’s precisely the problem.

UN Photo: Jean-Marc Ferré
The Meeting of Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems on April 14.
Gwynne Dyer
Published: Wednesday, 04/15/2015 9:03 pm EDT

Killer Robots is a dreadful name, don’t you think? It reminds you of the killing machines in the Terminator series and the Battle Droids of Star Wars. Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems is a much classier name, and the acronym is even better: LAWS. So the international conference that opened at the United Nations Geneva office on Monday is about LAWS.

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