It’s the stuff of science fiction: machines that make decisions about who and when to kill. Referred to as “autonomous weapons”, they’re already in use to some degree. But as more sophisticated systems are being developed we wanted to an expert in the field about whether such systems comply with international humanitarian law and what it means for humanity to give machines the power over human life and death.
In this short video, we join the Guyana Red Cross as the team travels by small planes, vans and river boats to reach remote Indigenous and migrant communities to share critical information, as well as hygiene and cleaning supplies, to protect people from Covid-19.
The first step is gaining the trust, support, and buy-in of local people by first reaching out to community leaders, referred to as Toshao in Indigenous communities. The result of their efforts is a positive change in behaviors that prevent Covid-19’s spread. Among boat drivers (the lifeblood of communities on the river), for example, mask wearing and regular boat cleaning have become the norm.