Church asks Norwegian government to say “no” to “killer robots”

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The Interfaith Council of the Norwegian Church asked the Norwegian government to say “no” to developing or producing autonomous weapons, so-called killing robots, in Norway.

Autonomous weapons are weapons equipped with artificial intelligence that can decide for themselves whether to shoot people based on their surroundings and situation. 

They can operate both in the air and on land.

In June, the Interfaith Council called on the government to take a leadership role internationally “to work out a preventive ban on autonomous weapons,” according to the newspaper Vårt Land.

The Council pointed out that Norway was previously at the forefront of campaigns against chemical weapons and landmines.

The development of autonomous weapons is underway in the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, Israel, South Korea, and China.

The UN has demanded a ban on such weapons, and the Oil Fund has previously warned companies in which the Fund is investing against developing killer robots.

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