Adoption of the Tokyo Statement
At the campaign, we further discussed issues associated with the ethics, morality, technology and security surrounding LAWS; and developed a strategy to put in place a “preventive ban treaty” in connection with military use, which was the primary goal of this campaign. On the last day, we adopted the “Tokyo Statement” and held a press conference at the Japan National Press Club (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo) on February 20. The statement reaffirmed the importance of science and technology, artificial intelligence, and the robot industry to promote peaceful use of technological developments. As well, the statement noted the urgency in developing a new treaty that calls for the prohibition of the development, manufacturing and use of LAWS in the Asia Pacific region before LAWS are put to practical use; and the need for further efforts at the national, regional and international levels.
For details regarding the Tokyo Statement, please see below.
Statement: “Campaign to Stop Killer Robots” Asia Pacific Regional Conference Tokyo, Japan, February 19-20, 2019
|Members of the campaign announce the Tokyo Statement at the Japan National Press Club (from the right, Dr. Peter Asaro, Laura Nolan, Isabelle Jones, Komeito Party member Kiyohiko Toyama, Yoshiteru Horie (Secretary General, AAR Japan))|
|Yoshiteru Horie (Secretary General, AAR Japan) participating at the Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting on the Lethal Autonomous Weapons System (LAWS) (fourth from right, February 19, 2019)|
Urgency for a RegulationOn the evening of February 19th, Rikkyo University’s Graduate School of Social Design Studies and AAR Japan co-sponsored a symposium called “A World Without Killer Robots” to raise awareness surrounding the issues with killer robots.
At the beginning of the symposium, we played a video message from Ms. Izumi Nakamitsu, Under-Secretary-General and High Representative of Disarmament Affairs of the United Nations. Ms. Nakamitsu voiced her concerns that the development of artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics has furthered the capabilities of autonomous systems, and that related technology has been applied to weapons and other military systems.
“The impact of such developments are far-reaching and we risk the starting of a new arms race. If autonomous technology is applied in wars, there may be a view that armed conflict can be started without the risk of military exhaustion such as death of soldiers and without civilian casualties, which could have an impact on the decision to make use of armed force,” she said.
|At the symposium, we played a video message from Ms. Izumi Nakamitsu, Under-Secretary-General and High Representative of Disarmament Affairs of the United Nations.|
|Dr. Peter Asaro says that international conferences play a major role in the development of LAWS regulations.|
|Ms. Laura Nolan talks about her experience at Google.|
|Yukie Osa, President of AAR Japan responding to participants’ questions at the symposium. From ICRAC, Ms. Laura Nolan (center) and Dr. Peter Asaro (right).|
English editing by Mr. Allan Richardz
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