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Campaign against Weapons

Recently (in July 2015), over 1,000scientists, intellectuals and experts signed an open letter asking for a ban on autonomous weapons and artificial intelligence (AI) weapons. These signatories, including Noam Chomsky and Stephen Hawking, have stated, “If any major military power pushes ahead with AI weapons development, a global arms race is virtually inevitable, and the endpoint of this technological trajectory is obvious: autonomous weapons will become the Kalashnikovs of tomorrow … It will only be a matter of time until they appear on the black market and in the hands of terrorists, dictators wishing to better control their populace, warlords wishing to perpetrate ethnic cleansing, etc” (http://futureoflife.org/AI/open_letter_autonomous_weapons).

While extending support to this campaign, there is also a need for greater public support for other campaigns against deadly weapons. This includes campaigns against landmines and cluster bombs. Both weapons have terrible consequences. The campaign against depleted uranium should also be widely supported. Depleted uranium can have very long-term and cruel effects on its victims.

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