Scientists called for the ban of killer robots amid fears that artificial intelligence would make robot soldiers and security guards capable of attacking humans without a human input, deeming such a technological development as a "grave threat to humanity".
The warning was made by scientists and human rights campaigners at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
“Public sentiment is hardening against the prospect of fully autonomous weapons,” Mary Wareham of Human Rights Watch, coordinator of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots said.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres supports the ban, blasting what he described as "lethal autonomous weapons systems that is politically unacceptable and morally repugnant".
Since 2013, 28 countries have called for a ban on fully autonomous weapons. El Salvador and Morocco added their names to the list during the November meeting.
Austria, Brazil, and Chile formally proposed the urgent negotiation of 'a legally-binding instrument to ensure meaningful human control over the critical functions' of weapons systems.
The only countries where a majority of respondents did not oppose killer robots were India (37%), Israel (41%), Brazil (46%), and Japan (48%), as per a poll conducted by IPSOS Mori.