Meet David Wreckham. A Robot Wars survivor, this bot has found new purpose as the face of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots. This new mascot is taking the international campaign at the biggest stage of them all.
As noted, the robot will drop a letter to UN diplomats demanding that robots that are not guided by human should be outlawed, lest these creations accidentally start wars or cause mass atrocities due to not being controlled by people.
The campaign, picking up steam, wants the type of international treaty for these machines as the one that bans chemical weapons across the planet.
And they have found some solid success too, in recent time, with no less than 26 heads of state and 21 Nobel peace prize laureates having lend their weight to the mission to have killer robots banned in international law.
Back to this mascot, though.
This droid is the creation of an inventor from the BBC program Robot Wars, with the maker naming it David Wreckham — after football superstar David Beckham, of course. Ray Tait used things like old saucepans, a soap dish and an electric wheelchair motor to construct this droid back in 2003.
“It has been in retirement in my garage up in Suffolk for years. Wreckham was never built as a fighting robot and was meant to do other things, like play football at the Olympics for Robots on a pilot program called Techno Games.
They only made the pilot programs and then the show was cancelled because of cuts at the BBC. So poor old Wreckham went into the garage and looked like he’d never get out of it ever again.”
But this old chap is now out, and as the mascot for the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, has been recruited to deliver a message to world leaders in New York on Monday.
During his trip, good old Wreckham will also visit Times Square alongside a delegation that is set to include the UN under-secretary general and high representative for disarmament, Izumi Nakimitsu.
Nobel peace prize laureate Jody Williams, Sharkey, tech worker Liz O’ Sullivan, and youth campaigner Mariana Sanz will also be at hand.