Imagining a Killer Robot's First Words: Engineering State-in-The-Loop Legal Responsibility for Fully Autonomous Weapons Systems
Harvard Kennedy School Review, July 12, 2018
4 Pages Posted: 9 Aug 2018
Date Written: July 12, 2018
As the U.S., the U.K., Russia, China, South Korea, and Israel begin developing fully autonomous weapons (FAW) systems, the issue of state responsibility for such systems remains undeveloped. In fact, the term “state responsibility” did not even appear in the United Nation's Group of Governmental Experts Chair’s summary of the latest discussions on lethal autonomous weapons systems. To better strategize how to mitigate state conflict arising from this technology, policymakers should be preparing for FAWs now, by establishing a legal framework of State-in-the-Loop responsibility.
Keywords: state responsibility, international law, law of war, killer robots, war, fully autonomous weapons systems. lethal autonomous weapons systems, robots, artificial intelligence, ethics
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