The war in the Nagorno-Karabakh region in Autumn 2020 and the 2019 attack on an oil refinery in Saudi Arabia show that unmanned weapons systems such as drones are now being used deliberately to damage opponents militarily or economically. Immense advances have been made in the areas of artificial intelligence and robotics. Weapons and other military systems may soon be able to be controlled by algorithms, meaning that the use of “killer robots” would no longer belong to the realm of fiction, but rather to reality.
The IFSH’s new explanatory video presents the risks of such a shift. In this animated short film, viewers learn why it could be dangerous if machines – as opposed to humans – determine when and how deadly weapons are used, and why we urgently need an international ban on autonomous weapons.
Watch video (English subtitle)