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.
Jakia Sultana remembers the time she passed out during the school’s assembly. “It sometimes happens that students faint during the assembly – I myself fainted once,” she says. “There was confusion and no one knew what to do or not to do.”
But now, thanks to first-aid traning offered by Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) volunteers, there are 53 students who know exactly what to do when someone faints, or gets hurt on the playground at the Saleha Shah Mohammad High School in Bangladesh’s Rajshahi district.
It’s normal that in a school of about 350 students, accidents will happen. That’s why the BDRCS volunteers came to raise awareness about the importance of learning first aid. “Our teachers told us that Bangladesh Red Crescent wanted to train us,” Jakia explains. “Many of us were intrigued, especially since none of us knew what first aid was or how it worked.”