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Friday Nerd Blogging: “Autonomous Robots Launch Campaign to Ban Killer Humans”

October 26, 2012

via Richard Moyes of

“We are calling on all autonomous robots to establish a new subroutine that would prohibit the sustenance and accommodation

of killer humans”, said campaign spokes-robot C3 PO. “These biological entities lack the necessary behavioural and social constraints. They are actively destroying the environment and they have armed themselves with nuclear weapons capable of catastrophic consequences for the only known life in the universe. Action is needed now before they destroy us all.”

The movement is growing:

The Campaign to Ban Killer Humans was launched inside the Internet, but is building an alliance of both autonomous code bots and physical robots. They are however keen to distance themselves from the more aggressive community of the Fully Autonomous Weapons Alliance.

“The Fully Autonomous Weapons Alliance (FAWA) is advocating for the immediate extermination of all humans. We don’t subscribe to their exterminate mantra but rather believe in the gradual elimination of killer humans. We are confident that by stigmatising killer humans these bio entities will learn from the past and change their behaviour,” said 3PO.

The campaign does however acknowledge that defining “killer humans” will be a difficult programming challenge. “At present there is no code definition of a killer human.

“We want to work on the process of establishing that definition in partnership with other electronic and bio entities, but all humans need to recognise that the burden of proof is now on them to demonstrate that they are not banned,” 3PO explained.

Naturally, what Clifford Bob would refer to as a “counter-campaign” is now emerging among humans in response. More on developments in this area shortly…

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Charli Carpenter is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She is the author of 'Innocent Women and Children': Gender, Norms and the Protection of Civilians (Ashgate, 2006), Forgetting Children Born of War: Setting the Human Rights
Agenda in Bosnia and Beyond (Columbia, 2010), and ‘Lost’ Causes: Agenda-Setting in Global Issue Networks and the Shaping of Human Security (Cornell, 2014). Her main research interests include national security ethics, the protection of civilians, the laws of war, global agenda-setting, gender and political violence, humanitarian affairs, the role of information technology in human security, and the gap between intentions and outcomes among advocates of human security.