EXCLUSIVE-Norway wealth fund’s ethics watchdog warns firms not to make killer robots

The ethics watchdog for Norway’s $830-billion sovereign wealth fund is taking the unusual step of warning companies against developing the next generation of weapons – robots that do not require human intervention to kill.The world’s largest sovereign wealth fund, which invests the income from Norway’s oil industry, is so big that it owns 1.3 percent of the world’s listed company equity. It is required by law to restrict investments in companies on ethical grounds.It is not allowed to invest in companies that make anti-personnel mines or nuclear weapons. And the head of its independent ethics panel, Johan H. Andresen, said it would now also be on the lookout for firms involved in development of autonomous weapons, even though the technology is not available yet.Autonomous weapons select and fire on targets…


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