Working to ban #KillerRobots, here are our top 10 favourite moments of 2019

10. We had not one, but two amazing pop culture moments this year!

The powerhouse TV show Madam Secretary took on the challenges of killer robots, with the White House faced with the choice to deploy autonomous weapons or an elite SEAL team to take out a known adversary. President McCord (Tea Leoni) made the right call on killer robots, deciding they were a line she didn’t want to cross. 👏👏👏

9. “Politically unacceptable and morally despicable.”

So the United Nations Secretary-General, Mr Antonio Guterres, said this in 2018… ⬇️

8. That time we went to Berlin!

We had campaigners join us from all over the world while we asked the German government to follow through on the calls of Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, who said,

7. “Scouts are not just the leaders of tomorrow, they are the changemakers of today”.

Never a truer word. We had a ball hanging out with 40,000+ Scouts ❤️ in West Virginia over the summer, who grasped the dangers of killer robots in a heartbeat and boosted our drive with their support! Check out the highlights reel. 📽🙌

6. Tech workers are the boots on the ground, with insights and expertise into the weaponized technology that is being developed right now!

Former Google employee Laura Nolan and former Clarifai employee Liz O’Sullivan added their expertise and voices to our Campaign when they called for a ban on the development and use of fully autonomous weapons. Check out the blog Liz wrote for the ACLU below, and the Guardian article from an interview with Laura. If you want to get to the heart of the issue, these two fabulous tech allies are the ones to follow. ⬇️

5. Our repeated trips to the UN 😬…

So while the diplomatic talks at the UN are moving at a “glacial” pace (to quote our favourite Campaign Coordinator), the number of countries supporting our call is growing. Without a doubt, when our Coordinator, Mary Wareham, delivered this statement to the last diplomatic meeting on killer robots of the decade, it was a 🎤drop moment. 🔥

4. The time we brought our robot campaigner to Times Square, and the offices of Amazon, Microsoft, Clarifai and Palantir.

Does anything else need to be said? The video does the talking here 🍎💯⬇️

3. This surprisingly humourous but, of course, excellent New York Times short documentary about killer robots…

…featuring two of our Campaign favs: Nobel Laureate, Jody Williams and Campaign Coordinator, Mary Wareham 😎 ⬇️

2. Our year in numbers!

Our campaigners have been really busy this year, and the results are tangible 🙌 Our favourite count of 2019? 140 member organisations (we’ve doubled in one year)🔥, but that’s just one of our numbers! Check out all the rest in the link below.⬇️

https://www.stopkillerrobots.org/2019/12/2019-in-numbers/

1. And number 1?

YOU! You, our readers, our supporters, our campaigners, our allies, our friends. What an incredible community to be a part of. Thanks for everything! We are gearing up for 2020, and thanks to you we can’t wait to see what the next year will bring. #TeamHuman.

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With growing digital dehumanisation, the Stop Killer Robots campaign works to ensure human control in the use of force. www.stopkillerrobots.org