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Human Rights Watch Wants to Stop Killer Robots

If it’s not already too late...

Photo by Flickr user Global Panorama.

It’s probably already too late to stop the inevitable domination of the robot race—because, let’s be real, our iPhones are about iOS update away from becoming self-aware and subjugating all of humankind—but that won’t stop Human Rights Watch from trying. The human rights organization published a report called Mind the Gap on Thursday imploring the United Nations to adopt laws that would prohibit the development of “autonomous killer robots.” “Autonomous” is the key word here, because, as we all well know, killer robots already do exist, and they can fly, too—they’re called drones.

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Anti-Drone Ads Ask Pilots Not to Fly the Unmanned Aircraft

The commercials will air in markets near Air Force bases around the U.S.

What may be the first anti-drone advocacy commercials to run in the U.S. are set to air in April on television sets all over the country. The ads feature footage from the republic of Waziristan while a voiceover commands, “Drone pilots, please refuse to fly.” On-screen text also quotes the late Óscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez, a bishop of the Catholic Church in El Salvador, who said, “No one has to obey an immoral law.”

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A Map of the Drone Strikes in Pakistan

The New America Foundation has an interactive map showing all the American drone strikes in Pakistan since 2004. (Or at least all those they...

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