NGOs and activists call for a ban on the use of autonomous weapons

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NGOs and activists have called for a ban on the use of autonomous weapons that are no longer strictly controlled by human hands, calling the so-called "killer robots" a "threat to humanity". The move comes as the Sixth Review Conference of the Convention on Conventional Weapons (CCW) takes place in Geneva this week, chaired by ambassador Yann Hwang of France. Member states are expected to decide whether to negotiate a treaty that prohibits the use of weapons that are not decisively controlled by human hands. Human Rights Watch (HRW) called for a new treaty to clarify and strengthen existing laws related to these new technologies, adding that "the emergence of autonomous weapons systems and the prospect of losing meaningful human control over the use of force are grave threats that demand urgent action". "These are weapons systems that would operate without meaningful human control. That is, instead of a human, you would have the weapon system itself that would select the target and decide when to pull the trigger. You would not have humans performing these functions, instead, artificial intelligence would replace the soldier on the battlefield," explained Steve Goose, director of Human Rights Watch's Arms Division.

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