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May 30 2013

'Killer robots' pose threat to peace and should be banned, UN warned


"Killer robots" that could attack targets autonomously without a human pulling the trigger pose a threat to international stability and should be banned before they come into existence, the United Nations will be told by its human rights investigator this week.

Christof Heyns, the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, will address the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Thursday and call for a worldwide moratorium on what he calls "lethal autonomous robotics" weapons systems that, once activated, can lock on and kill targets without further involvement of human handlers.

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