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Scientists calls for an urgent ban on Killers robots

San Francisco (Monitoring Desk): Scientists has called for an urgent ban on killers robots used by military and agencies in operations.

In an attempt to stress the brutality of the situation, scientists at the University of California produced a short film showing tiny drones [killer robots] that can hunt and kill efficiently released by a military firm. It shows university students, activists and politicians swiftly shot in the head.

The disturbing movie highlights dangers of developing autonomous weapons that search, identify, track and kill without human supervision. Scientists are calling for an urgent preemptive ban to prevent the technology.

 The movie is part of a campaign led by Stuart Russell, a leading AI scientist at the University of California in Berkeley, and others. They plan on screening the film during the United Nations Convention on Conventional Weapons hosted by the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots.

“The manufacture and use of autonomous weapons, such as drones, tanks and automated machine guns, would be devastating for human security and freedom, and the window to halt their development is closing fast,” warned Russell. “The technology illustrated in the film is simply an integration of existing capabilities. It is not science fiction. In fact, it is easier to achieve than self-driving cars, which require far higher standards of performance.”

Artificial intelligence technology has found its largest contributors from the military. It allows robots to fly, navigate and patrol territories. For a long time the military has used drones for surveillance and attacks and autonomous weapons within reach.

“Pursuing the development of lethal autonomous weapons would drastically reduce international, national, local, and personal security,” Russell said.