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Autonomous weapons and international law

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The introduction of artificial intelligence and robotics to future scenarios of warfare is posing new challenges to national and international codes of law, ethics, and human rights. Technological advances are fast outpacing the deliberative process of public debate and law-making that should determine the rules for the design and use of such lethal technologies. Ongoing talks at the United Nations to regulate such weapons are raising a host of complex questions around who is responsible for their development and deployment on the battlefield of the future.

The fifth annual Justice Stephen Breyer lecture on international law addressed these issues from legal, ethical, and military perspectives.

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    Robert Hubbard
    April 5, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    Who made up these international laws and what authority does it really hold? I have no use for your imagined laws and imagined world order.

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    April 5, 2018 at 7:43 pm

    International law is a myth made up by Globalist authoritarians that have no jurisdiction over U.S. Citizens

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    Emile Corsaro
    April 6, 2018 at 7:16 am

    We are screwed,, the lady made a good point,Governments don't declare war any more drones killing people all over the world no judge and jury.And then the government turned against its own people.why can't these smart people work out how to supply clean plentiful water across the earth.

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