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Bill would allow Connecticut police to put weapons on drones. HARTFORD, Conn.

Bill would allow Connecticut police to put weapons on drones

(AP) — Connecticut lawmakers are considering whether the state should become the first in the country to allow police to use drones outfitted with deadly weapons, a proposal immediately met with concern by civil rights and liberties advocates. The bill would ban the use of weaponized drones, but exempt police. Details on how law enforcement could use drones with weapons would be spelled out in new rules to be developed by the state Police Officer Standards and Training Council. Officers also would have to receive training before being allowed to use drones with weapons. Autonomous Military Vehicles the Backbone of Next-Gen U.S. Might. Drone-ing out the Peace: Legality in International Law - iPleaders. Autonomous Military Vehicles the Backbone of Next-Gen U.S. Might. Iraq Is Preparing an Armed Robot to Fight ISIS. The Baghdad Post says the machine-gun-wielding unmanned ground vehicle will be used in the effort to retake Mosul.

Iraq Is Preparing an Armed Robot to Fight ISIS

Iraqi security forces are prepping an armed robot for combat with ISIS forces, according to the Baghdad Post. An video posted with the story shows off a wheeled vehicle about the size of a small car. Loosely dubbed Alrobot — Arabic for robot — it has four cameras, an automatic machine gun, and a launcher for Russian-made Katyusha rockets, and can be operated by laptop and radio link from a kilometer away, the story says. Drone-ing out the Peace: Legality in International Law - iPleaders. Drones, the Mullah, and legal uncertainty: the law governing State defensive action. Are Robot Warriors Finally Coming to the Battlefield? Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Despite the success of armed flying drones, their counterparts on the ground have never made it over the starting line.

Are Robot Warriors Finally Coming to the Battlefield?

The Pentagon's recent history is littered with failed efforts for armed robots. But as new technology, both in software and hardware, enables a new generation of machines, are we about to enter the age of the robot warrior at last? Failure to Launch Robots have already transformed bomb disposal from a lethal game of Russian roulette into a technical challenge executed from a safe distance. Joint Letter to President Obama on US Drone Strikes and Targeted Killings. The Honorable Barack Obama President of the United States White House 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.

Joint Letter to President Obama on US Drone Strikes and Targeted Killings

Washington, D.C. 20500 Re: Shared Concerns Regarding U.S. Drone Strikes and Targeted Killings Dear President Obama, The undersigned human rights and civil rights groups write to convey a statement of shared concerns regarding U.S. targeted killing policy. Drones Kill More Civilians Than Pilots Do. If you’re a dedicated Wilsonian, the past quarter-century must have been pretty discouraging.

Drones Kill More Civilians Than Pilots Do

Convinced liberal democracy was the only viable political formula for a globalizing world, the last three U.S. administrations embraced Wilsonian ideals and made democracy promotion a key element of U.S. foreign policy. For Bill Clinton, it was the “National Security Strategy of Engagement and Enlargement.” For George W. Bush, it was the “Freedom Agenda” set forth in his second inaugural address and echoed by top officials like Condoleezza Rice.

Targeted Killing. Importing the War on Terror: Glenn Greenwald & Activist Trevor T. The Drone Papers. We Can Now Build Autonomous Killing Machines. And That's a Very, Very Bad Idea. Clearpath Robotics was founded six years ago by three college buddies with a passion for building stuff.

We Can Now Build Autonomous Killing Machines. And That's a Very, Very Bad Idea

Its 80 employees specialize in all-terrain test rigs like the Husky, a stout four-wheeled robot vehicle used by researchers within the Department of Defense. The Inevitabilities of Killer Robots. Illustration: Shaye Anderson In October 2012, nine civil society organizations met in New York and agreed to work together to create the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots.

The Inevitabilities of Killer Robots

Since its launch six months later in London the campaign has seen increased public awareness, strong media coverage, and the remarkably fast—in diplomatic terms—commencement of diplomatic talks to discuss questions raised by these weapons. These nascent efforts provide a counterbalance to the obvious push for the development, production, and ultimate use of fully-autonomous weapons systems that continues unabated. We should not dismiss the dangers of 'killer robots' so quickly. In an open letter I helped publish on July 28 – which has now been signed by more than 2,700 artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics researchers from around the world – we stated that “starting a military AI arms race is a bad idea, and should be prevented by a ban on offensive autonomous weapons beyond meaningful human control”.

We should not dismiss the dangers of 'killer robots' so quickly

A few days later, philosopher Jai Galliott challenged the notion of a ban, recommending instead that we welcome offensive autonomous weapons – often called “killer robots” – rather than ban them. I was pleased to read Jai’s recommendation, even if he calls the open letter I helped instigate “misguided” and “reckless”, and even if I disagree with him profoundly. This is a complex and multi-faceted problem, and it is worth considering his arguments in detail as they bring several important issues into focus. Four points Jai puts forward four arguments why a ban is not needed: Let’s consider the claims in turn. The final argument claims UN bans are virtually useless. Robot Soldiers Are Coming!