Canadians among experts calling for UN action on killer robots

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On August 21, 116 robotics experts from 26 countries, including Canada, signed a letter calling for the United Nations to take action on the issue of lethal autonomous weapons systems, commonly known as killer robots. The letter comes at the start of the 2017 International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI) in Melbourne, Australia. An open letter signed by more …

Robocops, drones, and the changing nature of law enforcement: How and when to regulate?  

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Recently, Dubai’s police force announced that by the end of the year it will have mini autonomous police cars that feature facial recognition technology, thermal imaging, and built-in drones patrolling the streets. As The Washington Post reports, the vehicles will be able to read licence plates, and record and track suspects, while the built-in drones can be deployed in areas …

The Arms Trade Treaty: Implications for Canada

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Following the Liberal government’s announcement that Canada would accede to the Arms Trade Treaty, Project Ploughshares partnered with Amnesty International Canada, Oxfam Canada, and Oxfam Quebec to produce a detailed briefing outlining key areas related to Canada’s military export controls regime that require attention if Canada is to effectively implement the obligations of the Treaty. The briefing has been shared …

Faster, higher, stronger

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Civil society organizations gather to strengthen campaigns to protect civilians from armed violence On October 15-16 Project Ploughshares, along with more than 100 members of other civil society organizations (CSOs), participated in Humanitarian Disarmament Forum 2016, the fifth annual forum in New York. This year’s objective was to review and strengthen instruments, such as campaigns, to protect civilians from the …

On killer police robots and weaponization of autonomous systems

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Recent developments in autonomous systems, such as self-driving cars and mobile robotics, are exciting. Proponents promise that they will reduce the number of casualties in car accidents and allow machines to do dangerous jobs. But advances in autonomous technology have still raised concerns. One relates to its weaponization. In early July Dallas police used a bomb-disposal robot to kill a …

On killer robots and human control

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Debating the sophistication of artificial intelligence in lethal autonomous weapons systems Lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS) are more commonly known as killer robots. LAWS would select, target, and kill without any human input. While these weapons systems do not yet exist, leading scientists agree that they soon will. Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 37 Issue 2 Summer 2016 by Branka Marijan Some feel …

Develop the good – ban the bad

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New hypersonic weapons systems are in the works and getting big money—it’s time to respond On May 11 the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the research arm of the U.S. Department of Defense, held its annual Demo Day at the Pentagon to showcase the latest developments in military technology. Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 37 Issue 2 Summer 2016 by Branka Marijan …

How should Canada respond to the threat of killer robots?

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Lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS), more commonly known as killer robots, are an emerging topic in international security discussions. These weapons would be able to target, select, and kill without any human input. There is still debate about the timeframe for the development of LAWS, with some experts suggesting that such technology is only a few years away, while others …

Workshop: Meaningful Human Control and Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems

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When: 8:30am- 4:00pm  April 5, 2016 Where: ROOM 1-23 67 ERB STREET WEST, WATERLOO, ON Cost: Free Lethal autonomous weapons systems, sometimes called killer robots, have been getting a lot of international attention lately. Indeed, the 2016 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, held from January 20-23, had a session on them. The WEF also raised the topic of killer robots …

Creeping militarization : Why are Canada’s police officers looking increasingly like soldiers?

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Author Branka Marijan Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 37 Issue 1 Spring 2016 Police militarization has long been perceived as an American phenomenon. According to a National Public Radio investigation, since 2006 the U.S. military has given local police services in the United States equipment worth $1.9-billion (U.S.), including 79,288 assault rifles and 206 grenade launchers (Rezvani 2014). For Canadian observers, the extent …