Human Rights Watch seeks treaty banning ‘killer robots’
15 August 2020 | 6:55 am
Human Rights Watch has released a report saying that a growing number of countries have shown a desire for a new international treaty against fully autonomous weapons. It says 30 countries explicitly seek a ban.
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