International Discussions on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems

I have been involved in a number of different projects related to the topic of lethal autonomous weapons systems through two different organizations — Open Roboethics Institute (ORI) and the International Panel on the Regulation of Autonomous Weapons (iPRAW).


An International Study on the Public’s Perception of Lethal Autonomous Weapons

oriIn 2015, AJung led Open Roboethics Institute‘s international survey that engaged members of the public in the discussion of lethal autonomous weapons systems — weapons systems in which the system makes the decision to use lethal force without requiring human intervention — and remotely operated weapons systems — system in which a person in a remote location makes the decision.

With the help of numerous volunteer translators, we launched our survey in 14 different languages, and received responses from over a 1000 participants from 54 different countries. Such wide international coverage of our participant pool was unprecedented. Although we did not collect representative number of responses from all 54 countries, the aggregated results of our survey show that our respondents are reluctant to endorse the development and use of lethal autonomous weapons.

This work has been delivered as a statement to the United Nations Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons in 2015.


International Panel on the Regulation of Autonomous Weapons (iPRAW)

iprawAJung has been one of twenty panelists of iPRAW, which launched early 2017 and scheduled to finalize at the end of 2018. Her work along with the other panelist are published openly on iPRAW website with the purpose of advancing the international LAWS discussion.

“iPRAW is an independent, interdisciplinary group of scientists working on the issue of robotics in general, and lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS) specifically. It aims at supporting the current debate within the UN CCW with scientifically grounded information and recommendations.

The panel is co-organized by the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik – The German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU APL). The German Federal Foreign Office financially supports the panel.”

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