Rain Liivoja: Why it’s so hard to reach an international agreement on killer robots

For several years, civil society groups have been calling for a ban on what they call “killer robots”. Scores of technologists have lent their voice to the cause. Some two dozen governments now support a ban and several others would like to see some kind of international regulation. Yet the latest talks on “lethal autonomous … Read moreRain Liivoja: Why it’s so hard to reach an international agreement on killer robots

Jai Galliott: Why banning autonomous weapons is not a good idea

Some 100 people, including Tesla’s Elon Musk and the late Stephen Hawking, have recently reinforced the call for a ban on “killer robots”, known as lethal autonomous weapons. Public pressure for a ban has been mounting ahead of a United Nations meeting occurring this week in Geneva, with Australian officials in attendance, and rights activists … Read moreJai Galliott: Why banning autonomous weapons is not a good idea

New Appointments for PREMT members

Natalia Jevglevskaja and Tim McFarland have commenced research fellowships as members of the collaborative research group Values in Defence and Security Technology (VDST) directed by Dr Jai Galliott. The group is based at the School of Engineering and Information Technology (SEIT) of the University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra. … Read moreNew Appointments for PREMT members

Tim McFarland: Autonomous weapons and human control

Concerns about ensuring sufficient human control over autonomous weapon systems (AWS) have been prominent since the earliest days of the international regulatory debate. They have motivated calls for a comprehensive, proactive ban on development and use of highly autonomous weapons as well as a range of more nuanced proposals for defining and maintaining what is … Read moreTim McFarland: Autonomous weapons and human control

PREMT co-hosts multidisciplinary roundtable

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), PREMT and the Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law (APCML) co-hosted a multidisciplinary workshop on ‘Emerging Military Technologies Applied to Urban Warfare’ in Melbourne on 21-22 March. Over the course of two days, participants from seven universities, multiple Australian government departments, and the Red Cross movement discussed … Read morePREMT co-hosts multidisciplinary roundtable

First Meeting of the GGE on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems

The Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems, which was established by the Fifth Review Conference of the High Contracting Parties to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW), is meeting for the first time from 13 to 17 November 2017. Three PREMT members are in Geneva for this meeting: Chris Jenks … Read moreFirst Meeting of the GGE on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems

Symposium report published

On 29 and 30 May 2017, PREMT organised an interdisciplinary symposium, titled Future Wars and Public Conscience, to explore ethical, legal and social implications of emerging military technologies. A report of the symposium, summarising both the presentations and the discussions, has now been published. [wpdm_package id=’1586′]