The United States rejected requests demanding that the use of lethal autonomous weapons systems, also known as “killer robots,” be regulated or prohibited.
During a United Nations meeting in Geneva, a United States official rejected the idea of regulating its use through a legally binding instrument.
“In our opinion, the best way to advance our thinking would be to develop a non-binding code of conduct,” said Josh Dorosin, State Department General Counsel.
“This code would help States to promote responsible behavior and respect for international law.”
Since 2017, the UN has held meetings in Geneva that seek to reach an agreement on how to address the use of these killer robots.
In recent times, several activists and different organizations have demanded the prohibition of any weapon that can use lethal force without the supervision of a human being.
In 2018, the Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, joined the request for a ban, however, so far none of the countries has agreed on the regulation of these weapons.
“States have a historic opportunity to ensure meaningful human control over the use of force and avoid a world in which machines make life-and-death decisions,” said Clare Conboy, Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, in a note from The Guardian.
For its part, in a statement, Human Rights Watch said that “an independent process to negotiate a new law on killer robots would be more effective and inclusive than the current diplomatic talks.”