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.
It’s coffee harvesting season in Marcala, Honduras, where the landscape is painted green and brown thanks to hillsides full of coffee plants. On one of those hills, you can see Roney Romero Urquía working the land.
A local coffee producer with vast experience Roney’s work as a farmer is only one of his roles. He has also been a volunteer for the Honduran Red Cross since 2002, where he currently serves as treasurer. His trajectory with the Honduran Red Cross expanded even further since 2019, thanks to a high-impact, micro-enterprise project in the Marcala community called Solferino Coffee.
“In Marcala, we are characterized by having the best coffees in the world,” says Roney proudly, who works often as a volunteer at Solferino Coffee. “This is because we work in harmony with the environment.”