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Major Tech Companies May Be Putting World at Risk From Killer Robots

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'Stop Killer Robots' demonstration

Demonstrators at a "Stop Killer Robots" event in Berlin in March 2019.

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A new global report from PAX called "Don't Be Evil?" surveys the international tech sector's stance on lethal autonomous weapons. Microsoft and Amazon are named among the world's 'highest risk' tech companies that might be putting the world at risk through killer robot development, while Google leads the way among large tech companies putting proper safeguards in place.

The global survey grades 50 companies from 12 countries, all working on big tech, hardware, AI software and system integration, pattern recognition, autonomous and swarming aerial systems, or ground robots. All the companies were selected and asked about their current activities and policies in the context of lethal autonomous weapons.

The report lays out steps that tech companies can take to prevent their products from contributing to the development and production of lethal autonomous weapons.

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