Science fiction has made us vigilant of 'killer robots' in our midst, but they're far closer than many of us realise.
We already have some autonomous weapons – so talk of any ban should focus on where we draw the line on what is acceptable, and what is not. Can we at least agree on that?
The debate on autonomous weapons isn't paying enough attention to the technology already in use.
A standard element of international humanitarian law since 1899 should guide countries as they consider banning lethal autonomous weapons systems.
The Campaign Against Killer Robots has launched a terrifying film showing why lethal drones need to be banned.
Leading experts in AI and robotics want the Prime Ministers of Australia and Canada to join the growing campaign to ban killer robots.
Technologists need to understand the society in which they live, and the effect their inventions could have on it.
It won't be like an army of robots marching in the streets, but AI hacking is on the horizon.
The unexpected behaviour of even simple bots is only going to get more dramatic as AI scales up.
Treaties banning biological and chemical weapons are in place, and the path is clear to remove nuclear weapons too. Lethal autonomous weapons (killer robots) should be next.