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ICRAC statement on the human control of weapons systems at the April 2018 CCW GGE

Posted on 11 April 2018 by nsharkey

International Committee for Robot Arms Control Statement to the UN GGE Meeting 2018 Delivered by Prof. Noel Sharkey, on 11 April 2018 Mr Chairperson, We have been very pleased with this morning’s session as states begin to contemplate a move towards policies on the human control of weapons systems. On a pedantic note: we cannot […] Continue Reading

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ICRAC Working Paper #3 (CCW GGE April 2018): Guidelines for the human control of weapons systems

Posted on 10 April 2018 by nsharkey

Guidelines for the human control of weapons systems [PDF] Authored by Noel Sharkey, chair of ICRAC[1] Since 2014, high contracting parties to the CCW have expressed interest and concern about the meaningful human control of weapons systems. There is an extensive scientific and engineering literature on the dynamics of human-machine interaction and human supervisory control […] Continue Reading

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Short ICRAC Statement at the April 2018 CCW GGE

Posted on 10 April 2018 by nsharkey

International Committee for Robot Arms Control Statement to the UN GGE Meeting 2018 Delivered by Prof. Noel Sharkey, on 10 April 2018 Mr. Chairperson, There have been very useful and interesting discussions this morning. I speak here as chair of an academic NGO: the International Committee for Robot Arms Control (ICRAC) and as a member […] Continue Reading

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ICRAC Statement at the April 2018 CCW GGE

Posted on 09 April 2018 by Peter Asaro

International Committee for Robot Arms Control Statement to the UN GGE Meeting 2018 Delivered by Dr Thompson Chengeta, on 9 April 2018 Mr. Chairperson, I speak on behalf of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control [ICRAC], a founding member of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots. Ambassador Gill, we thank you for your important […] Continue Reading

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Unpriming the pump: Remystifications of AI at the UN’s Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons

Posted on 08 April 2018 by Lucy Suchman

*Originally published on the “Robot Futures Blog” In the lead up to the next meeting of the CCW’s Group of Governmental Experts at the United Nations April 9-13th in Geneva, the UN’s Institute for Disarmament Research has issued a briefing paper titled The Weaponization of Increasingly Autonomous Technologies: Artificial Intelligence. Designated a primer for CCW […] Continue Reading

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Frequently Asked Questions on LAWS

Posted on 11 November 2017 by Frank Sauer

Memorandum for delegates at the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) Meeting on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS) Geneva, 13-17 November 2017 ICRAC is an international not-for-profit association of scientists, technologists, lawyers and policy experts committed to the peaceful use of robotics and the regulation of robot weapons. Please visit our […] Continue Reading

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Autonomous Weapon Systems and Strategic Stability

Posted on 20 September 2017 by Frank Sauer

Building on arguments previously developed for a blog post, ICRAC’s Juergen Altmann and Frank Sauer discuss the strategic implications of autonomy in weapon systems in more depth in a recently published article in Survival. Here’s an excerpt from the introduction: In July 2015, an open letter from artificial-intelligence experts and roboticists called for a ban on autonomous weapon […] Continue Reading

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ICRAC leaflet on LAWS and global security

ICRAC leaflet on LAWS and global security

Posted on 18 November 2016 by Frank Sauer

Back in 2015, one week before the second informal meeting of experts at the CCW in Geneva, ICRAC released a leaflet with a succinct list of the ten most pressing  issues for global security raised by autonomous weapon systems: LAWS – 10 Problems for Global Security. The original announcement is below, and with the CCW’s 5th Review Conference right […] Continue Reading

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ICRAC opening statement to the 2016 UN CCW Expert Meeting

ICRAC opening statement to the 2016 UN CCW Expert Meeting

Posted on 12 April 2016 by Frank Sauer

On April 12, ICRAC’s Juergen Altmann delivered the following statement to the informal “Meeting of Experts“, gathered to discuss questions related to “lethal autonomous weapons systems” from April 11 to April 15 at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. ICRAC opening statement to the 2016 UN CCW Expert Meeting Delivered by Jürgen Altmann, Deputy Chair, […] Continue Reading

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ICRAC at the 2016 UN CCW informal experts meeting on LAWS

Posted on 06 April 2016 by Frank Sauer

The Convention on Conventional Weapons (CCW) will hold its third informal experts meeting on lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS) at the United Nations (UN) in Geneva on 11-15 April 2016. Learn more about the the objectives and purpose of this multilateral meeting from the list of frequently asked questions provided by the Campaign to Stop […] Continue Reading

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