Belgium prohibits the use of ‘killer robots’

Jul

4

2018

The parliamentary defense defense committee of the Belgian parliament has adopted a resolution that will prevent Belgium from ever using killer robots , or autonomous weapon systems.

This prohibition not only means that the Belgian armed forces can never use killer robots, but also that the Belgian arms industry should never proceed to the production of autonomous weapon systems. This makes Belgium the first country in the world with such a ban, reports the VRT .

The resolution does not prohibit research into weapon systems where computers or artificial intelligence can decide life and death without the intervention of people. The original, stricter version of the resolution, which also prohibited this type of investigation, did not make it and was replaced by a less stringent text, in which this research is still permitted.

In South Korea, among others, we are working on the development of killer robots. In April, fifty professors from all over the world called for boycotting a certain Korean university , because research would be devoted to the development of autonomous weapon systems.

Other countries are not yet as far ahead as Belgium, but the United Kingdom , for example, has stated that autonomous weapon systems will always be served by people of flesh and blood, and that the most important decisions will not be taken by robots.

Worldwide, there have been concerns about the development of autonomous weapon systems for some time. For example, in August last year directors of companies engaged in artificial intelligence and robotics, including Elon Musk, sent an open letter to the United Nations in which they warned against these weapons and called on the organization to take action.

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