Increasing complexity

Increasing complexity

October 17, 2023

Legal and moral implications of trends in autonomy in weapons systems.

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In the research we look at a number of trends related to autonomy in weapons systems (artificial intelligence, automatic target recognition and swarming) and the questions they raise about how meaningful human control can be retained.

We give an introduction into each new technology, describe how it is used by militaries, and what concerns it’s use in autonomous weapons raises. The report demonstrates that clear legal rules are needed to address these concerns and uphold legal and ethical norms. We give a number of recommendations on how this could be addressed in a treaty.

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