Pentagon wants to let AI weapons to autonomously kill humans.
Top TX court hears challenge to abortion bans from patients, doctors.
Pentagon wants to let AI weapons to autonomously kill humans
The Pentagon is moving ahead with plans to develop lethal autonomous weapons governed by artificial intelligence. Experts say it is inevitable that such weapons will be in the field in the next several years. Numerous governments across the world have been calling for the UN to adopt limits on lethal autonomous drones. The US, Israel, Australia and Russia have so far blocked efforts to adopt any such binding resolution at the UN.
The US, China and Israel are known to be developing such weapons. In fact, a report last month suggested that autonomous drones may have already been put to lethal use by Ukraine against the Russian invaders.
Pentagon officials assist that the drones will remain under control of humans in a supervisory role. This has not been enough to ease the minds of tech and defense experts. Alexander Kmentt, Austria’s chief negotiator on the matter at the UN called the question “one of the most significant inflection points for humanity”.
Top TX court hears challenge to abortion bans from patients, doctors
Texas’s Supreme Court heard arguments today in a suit brought by several patients and physicians who have been affected by the state’s overlapping abortion bans. Doctors say that the medical exceptions to the state’s abortion restrictions are too poorly defined for healthcare providers to be certain they are not breaking the law by providing an abortion, even when a mother is in danger of a life-threatening health crisis. Doctors can face life imprisonment if they are found to have performed an illegal abortion.
State Attorney General Ken Paxton and other defenders of Texas’ strict anti-abortion laws say that the standards of the law are clear enough and that it is up to doctors to decide whether their patients meet the criteria or not. Unclear language in medical exceptions in states banning abortions is common. It serves the purpose of meeting the federal test that bans states from preventing doctors from providing life-saving care, but is sufficiently vague to have a chilling effect.
Many of the plaintiffs in this suit have suffered life-threatening complications and long-term effects on their health and fertility due to being denied an abortion until the point they were septic or near death.