Today, world leaders will meet to decide the future of "killer robots"


A new short film illustrating the prospect of military drones has been commissioned for an event at the United Nations Convention on Conventional Weapons, which is being hosted by the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots. The film presents a fictionalized scenario in which a tech company showcases and deploys its latest combat drone, which is capable of distinguishing the good guys from the bad guys. A montage of mock new reports illustrates what happens next, when the device's true abilities are revealed and the machines begin killing off politicians and activists. Stuart Russell, an artificial intelligence (AI) scientist at the University of California in Berkeley, is part of the group that will show the film to attendees. He has stated that the technology depicted in the film already exists, and it would actually be much easier to implement than self-driving vehicles.

Autonomous killer drones set to be used by Turkey in Syria

New Scientist

Turkey is to become the first nation to use drones able to find, track and kill people without human intervention. The country recently started producing armed, human-operated drones and is reported to have used them hundreds of times in north-west Syria. Now, Turkish defence company STM has announced that the nation's army will start using its Kargu drones early next year. These 7-kilogram quadcopters are intended to be used as part of a cooperative swarm.

Israel Says It Struck Iranian 'Killer Drones' in Syria

NYT > Middle East

"The drone itself is like a missile," said Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, an Israeli military spokesman. Israel aimed only to destroy offensive infrastructure, Colonel Conricus said, but fighters belonging to both the Quds Force, an elite unit of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, and Shiite militias allied with Iran were present. "It is probable that there were casualties, but you will hear that from them," he said. The Syrian Army said in a statement that "the majority of the Israeli missiles were destroyed before reaching their targets," Reuters reported. But Colonel Conricus said the Israeli impact was "significant."

The Gremlins are coming! US military to test 'killer drone swarms'

Daily Mail - Science & tech

They were the mischievous creatures blamed for causing mechanical failures and faults on aircraft during World War Two - before starring in a hit film as destructive monsters. Now, the gremlins are back - as a new type of killer flying drone. The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) research arm has revealed is planning to test the radical craft next year after awarding Dynetics a contract to build them. DARPA said the program has been deliberately named Gremlins after the imps that British pilots during Wold War Two adopted as their good luck charms. The program envisions launching groups of UASs from existing large aircraft such as bombers or transport aircraft - as well as from fighters and other small, fixed-wing platforms - while those planes are out of range of adversary defenses.

Scary 'Slaughterbots' video shows danger of autonomous killer drones


It shows dark and unseen forces directing the AI-equipped microdrones to murder particular senators and students. It shows how accurately these … Read more: Scary'Slaughterbots' video shows danger of autonomous killer drones