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

See all articles by Jessica Zhanna Malekos Smith

Jessica Zhanna Malekos Smith

Duke Law School; Kings College London, Department of War Studies, Students

Date Written: July 12, 2018

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Malekos Smith, Jessica Zhanna, Imagining a Killer Robot's First Words: Engineering State-in-The-Loop Legal Responsibility for Fully Autonomous Weapons Systems (July 12, 2018). Harvard Kennedy School Review, July 12, 2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3213721

Jessica Zhanna Malekos Smith (Contact Author)

Duke Law School ( email )

210 Science Drive
Durham, NC 27708-0204
United States

Kings College London, Department of War Studies, Students ( email )

King's College London, Strand
London, WC2R 2LS
United Kingdom

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