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Norway is slowing down in its efforts to regulate autonomous weapons

What is the Government doing to help develop new political and legal regulations to ensure human control over killing robots (autonomous weapons)?

"Arming artificial intelligence raises a number of concerns [- and may trigger a new arms race," Guterres said. He called for increased efforts and referred to ongoing work with the UN Convention on Inhuman Weapons, where a ban on fully autonomous weapons systems can be worked out.

Precedent of prohibition

The UN Convention on Inhuman Weapons (CCW) entered into force in 1983 as an addition to the Geneva Conventions. The Convention is an international disarmament agreement and consists of five protocols. Protocol I applies to splinter bombs that cannot be detected by X-ray. Protocol II regulates the use of land mines (the protocol works in parallel with the Ottawa Convention, which prohibits the use of land mines.) Protocol III applies to firearms, Protocol IV blinding laser weapons, and Protocol V cleanup of explosive fragments following war actions. 103 states have ratified the convention.

The ratifying states recognized early on that international law could be strengthened in the face of it. . .

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Lene Grimstad
Grimstad is a former journalist in MODERN TIMES, and a board member of Norges Fredslag.

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