Response to the Open Letter Calling for a Ban on Autonomous Weapons

  On July 27 of last year, over 1,000 experts and researchers – including Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and Steve Wozniak – signed an open letter warning of the perils of using artificial intelligence in the military and expressing their worry that lethal autonomous weapon systems (LAWS) would “become tomorrow’s Kalashnikovs.” They hence called for…

Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems: Humanity’s Best Hope?

The past decade has witnessed a revolution in the use of remotely operated systems by the UK’s Armed Forces.  Nowhere has this been more evident – or controversial – than in the air domain.  Debate over the nomenclature of such systems – known variously as Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs), Uninhabited Air Systems (UASs), Remotely Piloted…