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U.N.: 'Killer robots' discussion planned for April

The deliberations will be a continuation of talks that began earlier this year.

By Thor Benson
U.N.: 'Killer robots' discussion planned for April
Fully armed MQ-9 Reaper taxis down the runway. (U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson)

GENEVA, Switzerland, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- U.N. nations agreed to reassemble for talks concerning the concerns related to "killer robots" on April 13-17, 2015, during the Convention on Conventional Weapons (CCW) on Friday.

Talks in May of this year raised serious concern over Lethal Autonomous Weapons.

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"Is it morally acceptable to delegate decisions about the use of lethal force to such systems? If their use results in a war crime or serious human rights violation, who would be legally responsible? If responsibility cannot be determined as required by international law, is it legal or ethical to deploy such systems,?" U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon asked at the time.

"By continuing the talks, countries are acknowledging the many concerns raised by autonomous warfare, but the technology is moving faster than the international response," said Mary Wareham, arms advocacy director at Human Rights Watch. "These talks should lead to a new international treaty to ensure that humans retain control of targeting and attack decisions."

The talks will include the United States, China, Russia, South Korea, the United Kingdom and others, which are the countries known to be capable of creating such machines. No nations are currently using fully autonomous weapons.

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