Episode #80 Emerging Technologies in Warfare: Where do the Limits Lie? with Neil Davison

This episode of Intercross the Podcast is the third in our new joint series with Humanitarian Law & Policy. Humanitarian Law & Policy is the ICRC blog based in Geneva that provides timely analysis and debate on international humanitarian law (IHL) issues and the policies that shape humanitarian action. With this series we hope to have monthly conversations on trends, issues, future challenges and solutions as they pertain to IHL or humanitarian action.

The risks of functionally delegating complex tasks—and associated decisions—to sensors and algorithms is one of the central issues of our time. Nowhere are these issues more acute than in relation to decisions to kill, injure and destroy. In this episode, we are joined by Neil Davison, ICRC’s Scientific and Policy Adviser in the Legal Division Arms Unit and Will Pons, our guest host and legal advisor at the Washington Delegation. We discuss emerging technologies in warfare. Can artificial intelligence increase IHL compliance? Where should the limits lie in terms of human control? What does the law say about all of this? And beyond the legal debate, what are the ethical debates behind emerging technologies in war? Hosted by Will Pons.


Intercross is happy to highlight a Music in Exile musician on the last Tuesday of every month as part of the podcast. This month, the spotlight is on a three-man no-named band (the members are Siraz, Amanullah and Azimullah) from Myanmar now living in Bangladesh. Photo courtesy Faiham Ebna Sharif for Music in Exile.

To learn more about SIraz, Amanullah and Azimullah’s stories, go to musicinexile.org

To learn more about SIraz, Amanullah and Azimullah’s stories, go to musicinexile.org