AI in Defence: Regulating the Robots

Autonomy in Weapon Systems is not a new phenomenon. Some armed forces have been using it already for decades, for example in ship-mounted anti-missile systems. However, the recent progress in civilian research has driven innovation in the field of autonomous weapons and gives armed forces the opportunity to utilize artificial intelligence in a wide range of offensive and mobile systems. This development gives cause for serious concern and raises fundamental questions in the fields of security politics and ethics. How can the international community define autonomy in weapon systems effectively? Which functions can autonomous weapon systems perform without violating the fundamental principles of humanity? Where should lawmakers draw red lines?

Date: 21 November 2019 | Time: 12.00 Р14.00 | Venue: Leopold Hotel, Brussels


Raluca Csernatoni, Researcher, Carnegie Europe

Dr. Hannah Neumann MEP, Greens/EFA

Samira Rafaela MEP, D66/Renew Europe

Dr. Frank Sauer, Senior Researcher, University of the Federal Armed Forces, Munich

Moderator: Sebastian Vagt, European Affairs Manager, FNF

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