The 'Five Musketeers' (UK, Australia, Israel, Russia and US ) are opposing ban on killer robots (1/9)

UN secretary general, António Guterres, terms lethal autonomous weapons systems as “morally repugnant” but still the talks being held at UN for a pre-emptive ban on killer robots have been thwarted by a group of countries which include UK, US, Australia, Israel and Russia.

Almost all of these countries have already made substantial investment in creating such systems (lethal drones were first off the block) in order to win the next arms race being fueled by AI.

“We urgently need a ban on killer robots. 

The majority of states get it. 

A rapidly growing proportion of the tech community get it. 

Civil society gets it. 

But a handful of countries including the UK are blocking progress at the UN.”