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.
The story of Moreno’s café begins in the heart of a coffee-growing family. Lourdes Amparo Paz and her family have always been dedicated to this business. In the early days, Lourdes sold her product at her son’s workplaces, where they had a small but loyal clientele. However, it was with the arrival of a Honduran Red Cross initiative to reduce the risks of climate change that the path of her business took a significant turn.
“They saw me constantly processing coffee and they liked how I had my business,” says Lourdes. “Then they told me that they were going to give me added value”.
With additional support of the Italian Red Cross, this project has already had a positive impact on communities in the department of Santa Barbara, a region in Honduras well known for its coffee production. Many families living in areas where disaster risks are constant have received support to diversify their livelihoods and increase their resilience in the face of such crises.