Delegates at Davos held a meeting about the dangers of autonomous ‘killer robots’

The issue of ‘killer robots’ one day posing a threat to humans has been discussed at the annual World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland. The discussion took place on 21 January during a panel organised by the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots (CSKR) and Time magazine, which asked the question: “What if robots go to war?” Participants in the discussion included former UN disarmament chief Angela Kane, BAE Systems chair Sir Roger Carr, artificial intelligence (AI) expert Stuart Russell and robot ethics expert Alan Winfield. Despite coming from very different sectors, the participants agreed on one thing during their hour-long discussion – autonomous weapons (or ‘killer robots’) pose dangers to humans, and swift diplomatic action is needed to stop their development. The panelists were quick to distinguish an autonomous weapon from something like a…


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