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Leading Makers Pledge Not to Weaponize Their Robots

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Ghost Robotics SPUR-3 robot with mounted unmanned rifle

An unmanned rifle mounted atop a SPUR-3 robot from Ghost Robotics, which was not among the signers of the non-weaponization commitment.

Credit: Sword Defense Systems

Six major robot manufacturers have signed a letter promising not to weaponize their products. Boston Dynamics, Agility Robotics, ANYbotics, Clearpath Robotics, Open Robotics, and Unitree pledged against weaponizing their "advanced-mobility general-purpose robots" or their underlying software, while also vowing to ensure their customers do not weaponize them either.

The companies also said they do not oppose "existing technologies" used by governments to "defend themselves and uphold their laws."

Boston Dynamics says police and fire departments are using the company's canine-like robot Spot to assess hazardous situations, but the firm notes Spot is not designed for surveillance nor as a substitute for police officers.

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