Scientists Support Nuclear Ban: Video Shown at UN
Nobel Laureates and a Former Defense Secretary Among Scientists Adding Voices of Support to UN Nuke Ban
To help kick off the second round of negotiations to ban nuclear weapons, FLI presented this five minute video to the delegates at the United Nations. The video represents a follow up to the open letter that was signed by over 3700 scientists from 100 countries, all supporting the ban on nuclear weapons. Included in the video are statements by Former Secretary of Defense William Perry, Nobel laureates Edvard Moser (neuroscience), May-Britt Moser (neuroscience), Richard Roberts (biology) and Eric Kandel (neuroscience), along with Karen Hallberg (physics), David Wright (nuclear expert), Anthony Aguirre (physics), Max Tegmark (physics), Steven Pinker (psychology), Lisbeth Gronlund (nuclear expert), Christof Koch (neuroscience), Alan Robock (nuclear expert), Brian Toon (nuclear expert), and Lawrence Krauss (physics).
“Calling on President Trump to Lower Nuclear Tensions, Prioritize Diplomacy, and Redirect Nuclear Weapons Spending to meet Human Needs and Address Environmental Challenges”
Podcast: Banning Nuclear and Autonomous Weapons
with Miriam Struyk and Richard Moyes
How does a weapon go from one of the most feared to being banned? And what happens once the weapon is finally banned? Assuming the nuclear weapons ban treaty is accepted, what happens then? How can we learn from experiences with previously banned weapons to try to get UN negotiations started with regard to lethal autonomous weapons? To discuss these questions, Ariel spoke with Miriam Struyk and Richard Moyes on the podcast this month. Miriam is currently Programs Director at PAX. She played a leading role in the campaign banning cluster munitions and developed global campaigns to prohibit financial investments in producers of cluster munitions and nuclear weapons. Richard is the Managing Director of Article 36. He’s worked closely with the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), he helped found the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, and he coined the phrase “meaningful human control” regarding autonomous weapons.
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Richard Mallah participated in the second annual meeting of the IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems, co-chairing the committee on artificial general intelligence considerations, and separately contributing to the deliberations of the committees on autonomous weapons and on operationalizing human wellbeing.
Richard also gave a talk and led discussion on nearer, intermediate, and longer term AI safety and beneficence considerations and approaches at the National Design Centre in Singapore.