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Robotic Killers And Autonomous Weapons Should Be Stopped
2013-02-25 04:58:50

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Academic professionals, advocacy groups and former Nobel peace prize winners are among those joining forces to launch a new, international effort to ban autonomous weapons, according to various media reports published over the weekend. The Stop the Killer Robots initiative, which is being spearheaded by Sheffield University professor and artificial intelligence guru Dr. Noel Sharkey, is attempting to stop production of these...

2008-12-19 10:26:06

Top robotics expert Professor Noel Sharkey, of the University of Sheffield, has called for international guidelines to be set for the ethical and safe application of robots before it is too late. Professor Sharkey, writing in the prestigious Science journal, believes that as the use of robots increases, decisions about their application will be left to the military, industry and busy parents instead of international legislative bodies.Robots have been used in laboratories and factories for...

2008-10-07 21:00:00

By YURI KAGEYAMA TSUKUBA, Japan - A robotic suit that reads brain signals and helps people with mobility problems will be available to rent in Japan for $2,200 a month starting Friday - an invention that may have far-reaching benefits for the disabled and elderly. HAL - short for "hybrid assistive limb" - is a computerized suit with sensors that read brain signals directing limb movement through the skin. The 22-pound battery-operated computer system is belted to the waist. It captures...

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2008-02-27 00:25:00

Killer robots may pose a threat to humans sometime in the all-too-near future. Noel Sharkey, a professor at the University of Sheffield, presented this information to Britain's Royal United Services Institute on Wednesday. Sharkey, who was once a judge on television's Robot Wars as well as an expert for the BBC's TechnoGames, knows a great deal about robotics. His concerns might quickly lead to the disquieting of our country. According to Sharkey, we are currently in the first phase of what...


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