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.
Looking for safety, Walid and his family made the hard choice to leave their home and all their belongings behind. They even had to relocate twice until they found a new place they could call home.
Now, Walid works as a social researcher at the Community Centre for the Displaced in Saada, a small town in north-western Yemen. It has become much more than just a job, he says, since he can help many families going through the same ordeal that he and his family endured.