Controlling Humans and Machines
10 Pages Posted: 1 Feb 2017
Date Written: October 1, 2015
Unlike most articles considering "meaningful human control" of lethal weapons, this article does not focus on the role that a human should play in an otherwise automated weapon system. Rather, it reverses these human and machine roles to consider automated systems that limit human-initiated lethal force. After discussing the concept of control generally, this piece argues, first, that a bias toward human authority could impede eventual restrictions on that authority and, second, that the line between automated systems that initiate lethal force and automated systems that restrict that force is potentially unclear.
Keywords: autonomous weapon system, autonomous legal reasoning, meaningful human control, robotics, AWS, IHL, law of war, use of force, killer robots, drones
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