The world’s governing bodies have seen disaster movies, and they want you to know that they’re on it.
In Geneva Tuesday, the UN discussed banning killer robots before they become an international concern. While we would imagine the meetings involved a stream of Terminator clips, fist banging and old European men shouting “Not on my watch,” the Chronicle Herald describes a far more civilized scene. Diplomats discussed the necessity of limiting lethal autonomous weapons that “could go beyond human-directed drones already being used by some armies today”:
Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have already petitioned against a future of killer robots.
And now onto another summer blockbuster favorite: The zombie apocalypse.
Foreign Policy received a document called “CONOP 8888” that outlines the U.S. Pentagon’s plan to survive an attack by the undead — ranging from vegetarian to “evil magic” zombies.
According to FP, the document’s summary read:
While a spokesperson for Strategic Command assured FP that the (real!) document was a “fictional training scenario,” a disclaimer on CONOP 8888 reads, “this plan was not actually designed as a joke.”
Now let’s get on that Day After Tomorrow climate change disaster plan. Anybody?