Petrus Romanus vs. Terminator? Catholic Leaders Warn Killer Robots Will ‘Push Us From Ethical Society’
Church leaders have spoken out against the use of ‘killer robots’ at United Nations (UN) talks about the ‘inhumane weapons’. The general secretary of the Irish section of the International Catholic peace movement Pax Christi has warned killer robots could push humanity ‘further from an ethical and just society’. They join a growing number of people concerned about the use of fully autonomous weapons that can choose and engage targets without any human involvement. Tony D’Costa said: ‘They will throw us far away from it. That’s very dangerous, since the principle of humanity of our fundamental moral norms is what holds us together despite all human limitations.’ Semi-autonomous drones are already used in combat situations by the US, Russia, China, South Korea and the UK.