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Vatican presses world leaders at UN to work on rules for lethal autonomous weapons

The Holy See Secretary of State Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher addresses the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly, on Tuesday, 26th September, 2023

United NationsAP The Vatican’s top diplomat urged world leaders Tuesday to put a pause on lethal autonomous weapons systems for long enough negotiate an agreement on them, joining a series of UN General Assembly speakers who have expressed concern about various aspects of artificial intelligence. “It is imperative to ensure adequate, meaningful and consistent human oversight of weapon systems,” Archbishop […]

Pope Francis calls for AI ethics free from violence and discrimination

Pope Francis gestures on the day he meets with aid and charity representatives at "Centro Paroquial de Serafina" during his apostolic journey to Portugal on the occasion of the XXXVII World Youth Day, in Lisbon, Portugal, on 4th August, 2023.

Vatican CityRNS Pope Francis wants the next World Day of Peace to focus on the impact, opportunities and dangers of artificial intelligence as the technology develops and influences a growing number of fields, from information to warfare. Pope Francis gestures on the day he meets with aid and charity representatives at “Centro Paroquial de Serafina” […]

UN chief urges action on ‘killer robots’ as Geneva talks open

Germany Berlin Campaign to Stop Killer Robots

Geneva, SwitzerlandReuters United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on Monday for new rules covering the use of autonomous weapons as a key meeting on the issue opened in Geneva.  Negotiators at the UN talks have for eight years been discussing limits on lethal autonomous weapons, or LAWS, which are fully machine-controlled and rely on new […]

Nations dawdle on agreeing rules to control ‘killer robots’ in future wars

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Nairobi, KenyaThomson Reuters Foundation Countries are rapidly developing “killer robots” – machines with artificial intelligence that independently kill – but are moving at a snail’s pace on agreeing global rules over their use in future wars, warn technology and human rights experts. From drones and missiles to tanks and submarines, semi-autonomous weapons systems have been […]