Six robotics companies – Boston Dynamics, Agility Robotics, ANYbotics, Clearpath Robotics, Open Robotics and Unitree – have pledged not to weaponise their general purpose robots or the software that enables advanced robotics.
In an open letter to the wider robotics industry, the six companies said that ‘adding weapons to robots that are remotely or autonomously operated, widely available to the public, and capable of navigating to previously inaccessible locations where people live and work, raises new risks of harm and serious ethical issues.’
Noting that this commitment is ‘not enough to fully address these risks’, the letter also calls on policymakers to do more to prohibit the misuse of robots.
Stop Killer Robots’ response to this pledge can be read here.
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