Mixed views on Autonomous Weapons in DISEC

Ashleigh Pisani for THE GUARDIAN

There were mixed views on the use of lethal autonomous weapons in the Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC) in this morning’s session.

The United States was a loud advocate for a cohesive strategy and warned against states developing their own individual policies regarding their usage.

They indicated that they believe the US should set the tone for the world’s approach to autonomous weapon systems and warned that without a rapid response, the technology could fall into the hands of non-state actors and terrorist groups.

However, India was having none of this and was quick to call out the US for experimenting with autonomous weapons in Afghanistan which have resulted in the deaths of civilians.

As was China, who expressed concern with grey areas that could arise if a blanket ban is imposed. They pointed out for example how the technology could be of use during natural disasters where rescue operations could be conducted by the robots and prevent further casualties.

The debate continues.

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