Keep Killer Robots Fiction

Killer Robots have been a fixture of science fiction for decades but now they are becoming a very real possibility.  

The Canadian Campaign to Stop Killer Robots works for a ban on fully autonomous weapons (robotic weapons that can choose and fire on targets without any human intervention unlike drones that continue to have a human at the controls from a remote location).  We believe that the creation of fully autonomous weapons is a line that should not be crossed.  We are calling for a pre-emptive and comprehensive ban on the development, production, and use of fully autonomous weapons.  The prohibition should be achieved through Canadian national law and an international treaty.

The Canadian Campaign to Stop Killer Robots has multiple moral, ethical, legal, technical and policy concerns with the prospect of fully autonomous weapons. It believes that humans should not delegate the responsibility of making lethal decisions in conflict to machines. The development of fully autonomous weapons and the associated risks to civilians are an affront to Canadian values of humanitarianism, personal responsibility, peace, order and good governance.  

I find the idea of machines making life or death decisions in conflict abhorrent. I call on the Government of Canada to immediately prohibit the development and deployment of fully autonomous weapons (killer robots) in Canada and to support efforts to create a pre-emptive global ban on the technology.

GOAL: 1,000 signatures

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signed 2014-09-04 03:35:08 -0400
signed 2014-09-03 05:43:27 -0400
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signed 2014-08-27 11:17:57 -0400
signed 2014-08-20 11:44:47 -0400
signed 2014-08-19 22:58:31 -0400
signed 2014-08-19 16:52:26 -0400
signed 2014-08-19 12:04:34 -0400
signed 2014-08-19 11:48:57 -0400
This topic is one of importance. The public and the government need to start having discussions and become educated on the type of development that is occurring within the robotics industry. Furthermore, they need to take action and a stance.
signed 2014-08-19 11:46:02 -0400
signed 2014-08-19 11:38:35 -0400
signed 2014-08-19 11:34:58 -0400
signed 2014-08-19 11:34:42 -0400
signed 2014-08-19 11:32:23 -0400
Just making this official :)
signed 2014-08-19 09:39:18 -0400
As a Canadian citizen I fully support this petition. It seems crazy to me to create killer robots, especially for peaceful countries like Canada, no matter what the reasons behind it. I think it’s Canada’s place to champion peace and abandonment of such technologies around the world.
signed 2014-08-18 22:47:22 -0400
signed 2014-08-16 12:26:28 -0400
I am SO encouraged that a local business cares enough about people that he puts this concern about abhorrent killing ahead of potential business. So admirable!
signed 2014-07-24 08:33:07 -0400
signed 2014-07-03 02:00:43 -0400
signed 2014-06-25 14:30:08 -0400
I follow you on twitter, so I’ll get the updates there.
signed 2014-06-16 12:59:36 -0400
signed 2014-06-16 10:34:08 -0400
signed 2014-06-15 12:13:01 -0400
signed 2014-06-14 23:57:22 -0400
signed 2014-06-14 19:46:02 -0400
signed 2014-06-09 01:58:54 -0400
signed 2014-05-31 09:24:08 -0400
Don’t believe any politician who tells you these weapons are a “last resort”. No-one builds weapons of war without intending to deploy them. These weapons must never be designed, tested or built. “Scientists” who build them should be stripped of their credentials and ostracised.
signed 2014-05-25 17:15:55 -0400
signed 2014-05-25 17:07:27 -0400
signed 2014-05-23 12:35:23 -0400
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Keep Killer Robots Fiction