The Plan To Stop Killer Robots

by Moin Uddin Ahmed Tipu

30 years ago, The Terminator was science fiction. Today, many fear it’s far too close to becoming reality. Anthony tells us about the effort underway to stop the development of KILLER ROBOTS!

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Campaign To Stop Killer Robots

“The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots is an international coalition of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) launched in April 2013. We are working for a ban on fully autonomous weapons (robotic weapons that would be able to choose and fire on targets on their own without any human intervention).”

Campaigners Call for Ban on ‘Killer Robots’

“Machines with the ability to attack targets without any human intervention must be banned before they are developed for use on the battlefield, campaigners against “killer robots” urged on Tuesday.”

Sorry, Killer Robots: Campaign Aims to Stop You

“So you thought a Terminator-like future of metal machines mowing each other down on battlefields sounded pretty cool, did you?”

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50 comments

Soupkitchn November 2, 2013 - 2:58 AM

fair enough :3

LiamD Green November 5, 2013 - 8:43 PM

lets just take out that one little step whats the (Skynet) worst (Skynet) that (Skynet) could (Skynet) happen (Skynet)

I am November 17, 2013 - 11:07 AM

The only thing to be said for removing soldiers from the line of combat is "hooray, a war has ended". Not "we can kill them but they can't kill us". If we're too afraid to fight our own battles, maybe we should stop instigating fights. Drones are an abhorrent waste of technology. War is in general. But drones disgust me. I can't wait for WWIII to start so it can be over with, and the rest of us can pick up the pieces. Maybe do a better job this time. It'd be awesome if we'd created a world worth living in.

Billster November 23, 2013 - 1:19 PM

Yeah, robots and drones should only be autonomous up to the point where a decision has to be made to fire on what it thinks is an enemy. A human should be making the decision on whether or not to fire. 

Gunnar Miranda December 5, 2013 - 12:36 PM

Excuse me everyone I would like to say you are stupid firstly if you think KILLER ROBOTS or whatever is going to harm you, NO! You will be fine the engineers of the robots will plan ahead in case if they need disable them (AI, System, etc.) In fact if I am not mistaken they will only replace part of the military. YES NOT HALF OR ALL only a small percentage. Other then that we will keep our original troops, pilots, etc. Most robots will actually be mostly used for emergency situations, medical care, hazardous jobs, exploring space, and researching.

Have another great day A.L.I.V.E!!!
That is all… 

Tom Harris December 19, 2013 - 11:23 PM

I have never been a fan of warfare in any form. It is an unfortunate requirement in a world populated by humans who are inherently driven by self-interest. That said, the problem being discussed here is not whether to have war, but how we conduct it.

This proposition seems to me to be basically the same as a “Land mine with legs”. Instead of waiting for (hopefully) the enemy, to come along and step on it, this thing goes out looking for and killing (hopefully) the enemy. 

So now I’m thinking of the torpedo shot from a sub that missed its target and keeps going… Other than the “Hunt for Red October” scenario of finding another target, the lose torpedo would run out of battery power and sink harmlessly to the bottom of the ocean. The drone would just keep on killing (hopefully) the enemy until it runs out of power or ammunition.

We do not possess the technology to create a drone that can recognize when the enemy is attempting to surrender. Nor can we create something g that can accurately distinguish between the enemy and non-combatants. (I’m remembering a scary scene in Robocop) 

To be clear, I’m not sure I would approve of such technology, even if we could do it. But as we can’t, my position on this issue is simply that it would be criminal to unleash fully autonomous drones with weapons anywhere at any time.

Satchel Hogan January 2, 2014 - 11:06 AM

Daleks are the creature inside the metal armor, they're basically cyborgs.

G&D January 5, 2014 - 9:44 PM

EMP'S Would disable an army of drones in seconds 

Arthur Aznive January 21, 2014 - 10:19 AM

all i can say is: War Games, go watch it… now 

vargen1414 February 8, 2014 - 7:53 PM

robots can't kill a human it's agenst the law 

Kitsune_Jako February 16, 2014 - 2:59 PM

Or when the person controlling the button is button mashing. >.>

Asyra Cat February 19, 2014 - 9:10 PM

the rise of Ultron!

Christopher Stanley Designs February 22, 2014 - 4:11 PM

daleks are not robots they are a type of cyborg, more like the borg from star trek than the terminator 

josh fritz March 1, 2014 - 11:46 AM

in the near future, killer robots are NOT going to replace our military, just supplement it. i cannot see us even in the distant future not having a lot of control over the increasingly autonomous weapons in our arsenal. they will all be linked up to HQ where humans will be watching over their actions on the battlefield.

glow262 March 22, 2014 - 1:37 AM

did you know? that today robots are really really really i am mean it really stupid, the only thing which makes them smart is good engineering

ultimatetrex1999 March 25, 2014 - 3:58 AM

Enemy EMP in coming!

Derpy Hooves March 25, 2014 - 4:12 AM

killer robots would not happen they would have to follow there code which would not be coded to kill unless it's on purpose

Dextermaster7 April 1, 2014 - 12:20 AM

the Daleks are cyborgs

Dj Starbuck April 1, 2014 - 3:51 PM

>.> killer robos are sooo close also clones, sex bots, animal people sometime I feel like I live in the future but then I tell my self what will happen in 20 years

tahi laci April 3, 2014 - 4:21 PM

In war people are killed based on political decisions of leaders. Who or what pulls the trigger makes little difference.

Endrik Einberg April 25, 2014 - 11:03 PM

My plan is to limit their AI so they could not stand against us and would be our friend. And if there's a error it shuts down.

Shiro Jm April 28, 2014 - 5:15 AM

I agree with the point of the campaign , machines MUST not be able to decide , if if shoots or not , if it kill , because they are just systems programmed to acquire a target and destroy it , you can add some kind of identification  on the process , but it won't be able to think .

J M May 13, 2014 - 7:36 AM

I really like the idea of drones. Hell, maybe even robotic soldiers someday. Once we make them extremely agile, flexible, and all around maybe even faster and stronger than humans it'd be awesome. Having a few contingency plans to be ready if things go badly would be well. I like drones. I like the unmanned turret as well, so long as there's a little bit of human conscience controlling them somewhere off.

Kate S May 22, 2014 - 7:40 PM

What is good to remove soldiers from combat on one side if people will still die on another side? Drones are bad exactly because it makes warfare less dangerous for soldiers from rich countries, but more dangerous for soldiers from poor countries

matthewlion3 August 1, 2014 - 11:00 AM

Hey isn't a emp Won't disable it or atleast destroy any electronic. Or naturally if I think a solar flare will disable electronics.

Jan Cerny August 10, 2014 - 6:47 AM

Killer robots will not be sold to us as T2 murderers. They will be sold to us as ways to keep our troops safe. And we will buy that.

mike powers September 5, 2014 - 5:21 AM

You want a vi not a AI. So it can only do what its programmed to do rather than learn,think and decide for itself

demonguy1234 September 24, 2014 - 8:17 PM

i wouldn't mind killer robots with no human pulling the trigger only if they were unable to target organic life. humans, animals, perhaps even plants. only other robots, that would be cool. however this is still iffy because if someone hacked them it wouldn't be that hard to turn off/on the thing that is stopping them. also i know this is over a year late

acrefray September 26, 2014 - 9:16 AM

Two words: Computer hackers.

Stacey Smith October 13, 2014 - 2:52 PM

What about the three laws of robotics?

1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
2. A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

Porg liberation movement November 1, 2014 - 10:14 PM

Umm…cylons….skynet…borg…i am the same belief as commander bill adama from bsg…i have NOTHING against tech…iPhones, by the time i can upgrade next the iPhone 7 should be out…and can't wait!!!!should be very cool…but…giving a robot a machine gun and hoping it does not turn on us, and say kill 50/500/5000 people is a bad idea!!!! We must NOT take the "human" factor out of warfare….look at terminator rise of the machines,…skynet went active, next thing we knew it was launching us nukes at us humans….oh ya, because we put all our faith in smart computers…..

Benjamin Rivera November 27, 2014 - 11:37 AM

Exo suits for soldiers.
Not drones or robots.
Become the robot.
Robo cop, Iron man etc…
Human cyborgs.

Lolo Joon December 11, 2014 - 11:23 PM

now I want to watch Star Wars attack of Clones..

Evilflyingllama December 24, 2014 - 5:14 PM

If both sides in a war remove soldiers from combat, then what would they target? The civilians.

Banana Therapist January 25, 2015 - 2:36 AM

daleks aren't robots

Damola Aderinwale May 19, 2015 - 1:17 AM

Well human consciousness led to the WW two where millions died and japan got nuked so whats the big difference.

Damola Aderinwale May 19, 2015 - 1:25 AM

Robotic soldiers are a bad idea because it removes limits as to what decision makers can do and also human soldiers are actually a barrier to war right now. One of the most common arguments against military action is whether the objective is valuable enough to warrant the cost of the lives of their soldiers.
When the cost is a few nuts and bolts military action [eg drones] becomes more frequent.

Long John Silver June 18, 2015 - 11:32 AM

Killer robots, even only semi-autonomous robots, are a bad idea for 3 important reasons.  First they are too easily committed to action thereby making the decision to go to war much too easy.  Secondly winning or loosing a war where only hardware is risked is pointless.  This means that these robots would need to target an enemies population, or financial centers to be effective.  Lastly it is much easier to kill when it is done remotely.  As horrible as war is to all combatants involved, without the sacrifices made by, and the suffering of humans involved war becomes too easy.

Andrew Moon August 11, 2015 - 8:28 AM

Get a water gun and shoot it in the face, the end.

名無しのキャス子 October 1, 2015 - 5:29 PM

A single OS having glitches or bugs could potentially happen across everything that runs that specific OS to catastrophic results.

A single fleshy incompetent meat bag making fleshy incompetent meat bag errors, is just still just a single incompetent meat bag making fleshy incompetent meat bag errors.

But hey, autonomous gundams armed with death rays is the stuff of romance, so w/e.

Vesta Gaming Co. December 18, 2015 - 8:43 AM

In all A.I robots just make it so that they have to obey humans, just program that they do not have free will of deciding wether to take a command or ignore a command from a human. So if they start going crazy just order them to turn their power source off.

Asma Ahmed January 3, 2016 - 8:55 PM

If this happened the government could easily just turn to using robots to kill humans or robots themselves,each robot army belonging to a different country,but this would mean that robots would fight robots,therefore it wouldn't be fair it wouldn't be war it would be a battle of which country military weapons would work best and that could cause a lot of problems like rights,human rights,power bc some counties just don't have enough money or technology to defend themselves from something so advanced and in the end no humans would fight for there country image if the world only fought with robots and weapons.

Selton Murakami January 26, 2016 - 3:27 AM

but if all the soldiers got replaced by robots that can't kill civilians, no more deaths in war

Graham Jones February 3, 2016 - 9:11 AM

The Daleks are not robots! There is a living creature inside of the shell! It's just that it is inside of a machine that can kinda make the Dalek think a certain way, but it is definitely not a robot!

Bisayang Dako April 22, 2016 - 5:11 AM

lol just invest lava shooter that shoots lavas so we can kill killer robots cuase if they get hit they'll melt

domsau2 November 1, 2016 - 11:32 PM

"We do not want to build killer robots…": it's a lie!

Will Wells November 5, 2016 - 3:03 AM

as long as the drones are killing people and not other drones, you aren't ever removing people from the line of combat

Iwo Rymer January 30, 2017 - 4:57 AM

Drones, are great idea, but drones wouldn't work in war betwen high tech countries. This is why:
a) EMP weapons – USA's military is already testing atomic warheads that would crate more powerfull EMP blast. Same could be said about all modern weaponry as it is impossible to use tanks, planes and other supporst vehicles when all electricity gets fried up
b) Posibility of being hacked. It is nice to have a drone, to bad if sudently you lose control over it and it begins to fire at your own base
c) Electonic warfare – The thing about drones is that they need a constant stream of data from the control position, if you take that away, drone is useless
d)AA weapons – as much as military hates to say but stealthy aircraft aren't that stealthy and can be detected from over 100km with if you use advanced radars.

Butterfly Supremacy April 15, 2017 - 3:06 AM

EMP

Light August 19, 2017 - 11:42 PM

I would ban any robots that are able to do more than 1 task