What if “killer robots” are real?

By Huiyu Yin

In a world where the technology of autonomous weapons is developing rapidly, the Convention on Conventional Weapons (CCW) might not be enough. The 118 nations that are part of the CCW agreed by consensus to reconvene at the United Nations in Geneva on April 13-17, 2015 to continue deliberations relating to “lethal autonomous weapons systems.”

These “fully autonomous weapons” have not been developed yet, but “technology is moving faster than the international response,” said Mary Wareham, an 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.”