A Meaningful Floor for 'Meaningful Human Control'
10 Pages Posted: 22 Dec 2015 Last revised: 22 Dec 2016
Date Written: December 18, 2015
The broad support for “meaningful human control” of autonomous weapon systems comes at a familiar legislative cost: there is no consensus as to what this principle requires. This paper describes attempts to define the concept; discusses benefits of retaining imprecision in a standard intended to regulate new technology through international consensus; and argues for an interpretative “floor” grounded on existing humanitarian protections.
Keywords: autonomous weapon systems, meaningful human control, international humanitarian law
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