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.
Setting up a business is very challenging during normal times. Making it successful takes persistence, passion, hard work and a strong will. Now, imagine what it takes to make a successful business during a global pandemic?
Shimul Datta, a 38-years old father of two, was looking for options to rise above the hardships posed by the pandemic when he learned about a cash grant programme run by the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS).
To help hundreds of families who were struggling to make ends meet in Batrish, a small community from Kirshoreganj District, which is about 186 km Northwest of the capital Dhaka, BDRCS implemented a cash programme to support vulnerable households.
With the cash he received, Shimul Datta set up a food stand in the local market to sell fresh and delicious betel leaves, a popular native plant from Southeast Asia that is a cousin of the black pepper plant. Every day, he greets more than fifty people, many returning customers that have made his stand a popular spot among the locals. The extra income from the stand has given him a new way to provide for his wife, children and mother.