The Terminator is no longer really a science fiction character: it is a weapon that could be operational within twenty or thirty years. A fully autonomous "killer robot".
These robots will be programmed to “clean up” a building, with authorization to kill all human beings over 1,30 m in it: then it manages. Or, if it is a drone, it will be sent over a battlefield, to detect all enemy vehicles and destroy them one by one.
Nobel Prize winners and human rights groups have called for a global "preventive ban" on "killer robots", these sophisticated weapons acting without human supervision, being researched, before "science fiction becomes reality ”.
Human Rights Watch, International Human Rights Clinic and the Nobel Peace Prize laureates the Nobel Women's Initiative announced to the press in Washington a campaign for the establishment of "an international treaty that would totally ban development, production and use of these completely autonomous weapons ", nicknamed the" robot-killers ".
Released the same day, a 50-page report, "Losing Humanity," for the first time provided an update on ongoing research into these weapons, "capable of picking and firing at targets without human intervention" and which could be operational in 20 or 30 years.
Activists worried that "without public debate", governments are developing weapons that "unacceptably endanger civilians in conflict without being accountable for humanitarian laws," Steve Goose told reporters , from Human Rights Watch. And in the event of "an inevitable violation of human rights, one cannot know who can be held responsible," he added.
These types of weapons, designed to be "fearless and angry," will no longer show "any compassion," said Bonnie Docherty of HRW.
"Keep the public informed, bring together non-governmental organizations, work with governments," added Jody Williams, 1997 Nobel Peace Prize winner for anti-personnel mines, "horrified. At the idea of these weapons.
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