Archive | April, 2015

New ICRAC Podcast series launched

Today sees the launch of the official ICRAC Podcast series. The first couple of episodes were recorded at the Convention on Conventional Weapons meeting of experts hosted at the United Nations in Geneva between April 13 and 17 2015. This was a discussion of Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS), the CCW term for ‘Killer Robots’. […]

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ICRAC closing statement to the 2015 UN CCW Expert Meeting

On April 17th, ICRAC’s Dr. Matthew Bolton delivered the following closing statement to the informal meeting of experts at the United Nations in Geneva. ICRAC Closing Statement to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons Informal Meeting of Experts at the United Nations in Geneva Thank you Mr. Chairperson, Distinguished Delegates, The International Committee for Robot Arms Control […]

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ICRAC second statement on Overarching Issues, 2015 CCW Expert Meeting

On Thursday April 16, ICRAC’s Dr. Peter Asaro delivered the following statement to the informal meeting of experts at the United Nations in Geneva. Thank you Mr. Chair. In response to China’s question, a number of security experts have pointed to the danger of mass attack by conventional weapons on strategically important installations.  Autonomous weapons would […]

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ICRAC statement on Overarching issues, 2015 CCW Expert Meeting

On Thursday April 16, ICRAC’s Dr. Guglielmo Tamburrini delivered the following statement to the informal meeting of experts at the United Nations in Geneva. I wish to thank on behalf of ICRAC the Chair of the CCW expert meeting for setting up and coordinating such a rich and informative program of expert contributions on technical, ethical, […]

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ICRAC’s statement on Challenges to IHL due to increasing degrees of autonomy.

On Wednesday April 15, ICRAC’s Dr. Juergen Altmann delivered the following statement to the informal meeting of experts at the United Nations in Geneva on Panel Challenges to IHL due to increasing degrees of autonomy. Statement from the International Committee for Robot Arms Control: On Panel Challenges to IHL due to increasing degrees of autonomy. This discussion […]

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ICRAC opening statement to the 2015 UN CCW Expert Meeting

This is a guest post by Mark Gubrud (@mgubrud). On Monday April 13, ICRAC guest Dr. Mark A. Gubrud delivered the following statement to the informal meeting of experts at the United Nations in Geneva. International Committee for Robot Arms Control opening statement to the Convention on Conventional Weapons Meeting of Experts on lethal autonomous weapons […]

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Model United Nations Urges Ban on Killer Robots

UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon “energized” by students’ “serious discussions” on autonomous weapons systems   In less than two weeks, diplomats from around the world will gather at the United Nations in Geneva to discuss potential global regulations on “lethal autonomous weapons systems” that would be able to select and attack targets without direct human control. […]

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