• Blog
  • July 20th, 2015

‘Killer Robots’ and the Future of War

Amanda Connolly, writing for iPolitics, discusses the potentially disturbing implications of so-called “killer robots” for modern warfare (“‘Killer robots’ could spark violence against Canadians, change global power balances: DND,” iPolitics, 19 July 2015).

“One of the main arguments used by those supporting the development of lethal autonomous weapons — “killer robots”, to use the popular term — is that they have to potential to keep human beings out of harm’s way. But what if their use sparks a violent backlash against the very people they are meant to protect?”

“That’s one of the concerns raised by officials at the Department of National Defence in documents obtained by iPolitics through an access to information request. The memos outline what policy analysts at the Department of National Defence see as possible ramifications of the use of the weapons, known as LAWS, and suggest that their use could prompt attacks on Canadians by the people they are used against.”

Read the full article here: “‘Killer robots’ could spark violence against Canadians, change global power balances: DND,” (iPolitics, 19 July 2015)
Image credit: Polygon

Read More

Comments are closed.




Let’s make it clear to Saudi Arabia that bullying will not work

The RideauInstitute.ca  is on a short summer break, back next Friday 24 August. However, in the meantime, why not show your support to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for standing up to the Saudi Arabian bully boy, Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, by sending an email to: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at: pm@pm.gc.ca Foreign Minister Chrystia […]

Read More
View the Blog »

Prime Minister Trudeau, bold steps are needed on global nuclear disarmament

The 73rd anniversaries of the terrible atomic bombings of Hiroshima, on 6 August, and Nagasaki, on 9 August, have just ...

National Defence Committee calls for Canadian action on nuclear disarmament

Photo credit: wagingpeace.org (Setsuko Thurlow giving 2017 Nobel Peace Prize address) On 18 June 2018 the House of Commons Standing Committee ...