Killer robots may wage ‘mechanical slaughter,’ U.N. warns

A factory full of terminators in the new film “Terminator Salvation.”

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Be afraid. Be very afraid of these three letters: LAR.
Lethal autonomous robots is what Christof Heyns, United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary, or arbitrary executions, wants you to think about. He wants a global ban on the development of machines that can target people and kill them without supervision.
“The possible introduction of LARs raises far-reaching concerns about the protection of life during war and…

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