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'Killer Robot' opponents approach UN

19th November 2013 - 10:24 GMT | by Beth Stevenson in London

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A pressure group seeking to outlaw fully autonomous UAVs has secured a UN mandate to discuss the potential prohibition of such technology.

The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots stood before the UN’s Convention on Conventional Weapons (CCW) in Geneva on 15th November to call for legislation that will ultimately prohibit the development and deployment of fully autonomous unmanned systems. 

The CCW, whose purpose it is to ban or restrict weapons considered unjustifiable, agreed to convene between 13-16 May to discuss questions relating to ‘lethal autonomous weapons systems’.

Although the technology does not yet exist, and operators and developers of UAVs claim

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Beth Stevenson

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Beth is a former senior reporter for Digital Battlespace and Unmanned Vehicles magazines. Beth graduated …

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