ICRC and Vox Media's Explainer Studio Team Up to Unpack the Paradox of the Future Battlefield

ICRC and Vox Media's Explainer Studio Team Up to Unpack the Paradox of the Future Battlefield

The world is in a new arms race.

In the last two decades, there has been a dramatic rise of lethal autonomous weapons due to new developments in technology, computing, and military operational demands. Because autonomous weapons systems are already in use today, the ultimate question about their capabilities is not a technical one, rather legal and ethical one.

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Mélange du Mercredi: Autonomous Weapon Systems and Ethics

Mélange du Mercredi: Autonomous Weapon Systems and Ethics

Welcome to Mélange du Mercredi (Wednesday Mix). Each week, we highlight one of the latest and greatest in reading, film and other scholarly resources, focusing on a variety of issues pertaining to international humanitarian law. Recently ICRC's Humanitarian Law & Policy Blog begin a mini-series on autonomous weapon systems and ethics. In August of 2017, the ICRC convened a small group of independent experts to discuss this subject. Held under the Chatham House Rule, the aim of the discussion was to take stock of the main ethical issues raised by autonomous weapon systems and to consider the ethical underpinnings of any requirement for human control over weapon systems and the use of force in armed conflict. A blog series will follow, the intro is here. 

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Autonomous Legal Reasoning? Legal and Ethical Issues in the Technologies of Conflict

Autonomous Legal Reasoning? Legal and Ethical Issues in the Technologies of Conflict

On October 23, 2015, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Temple University School of Law held an invitation-only, one day workshop to discuss how the development of autonomous systems impacts questions of international humanitarian law (IHL).  Militaries have emerged with new technologies in recent years, including cyber operations, remotely piloted vehicles, automated defensive weapons, as well as the potential future development of fully autonomous lethal weapons. All these technologies share similar characteristics, most importantly their ability to operate in the absence of direct human control.  This workshop sought to engender a cross-cutting dialogue by bringing together experts with different backgrounds.  

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