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ICRAC Statement at the 2017 CCW GGE Meeting

ICRAC Statement to the 2017 UN CCW GGE Meeting Delivered by Noel Sharkey, Chair, on 15 November 2017 I speak on behalf of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control, a founding member of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots. We would like to thank Ambassador Gill for his preparations of this important meeting. And […]

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Frequently Asked Questions on LAWS

Memorandum for delegates at the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) Meeting on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS) Geneva, 13-17 November 2017 ICRAC is an international not-for-profit association of scientists, technologists, lawyers and policy experts committed to the peaceful use of robotics and the regulation of robot weapons. Please visit […]

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Autonomous Weapon Systems and Strategic Stability

Building on arguments previously developed for a blog post, ICRAC’s Juergen Altmann and Frank Sauer discuss the strategic implications of autonomy in weapon systems in more depth in a recently published article in Survival. Here’s an excerpt from the introduction: In July 2015, an open letter from artificial-intelligence experts and roboticists called for a ban […]

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Reflections on the 2016 CCW Review Conference

This is a guest post by Anna Khalfaoui. Anna is currently pursuing a LLM at Harvard Law School, having previously studied at Cambridge University and King’s College London. She specialises in public international law and international human rights law. Click here to read this post in braille Reflections on the Review Conference as a newcomer […]

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Arms Control for AWS: 2016 and beyond

After three informal meetings of experts, the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons, during its Fifth Review Conference taking place from 12 to 16 December 2016 in Geneva, will decide on how to continue work on arms control for autonomous weapon systems. Below is a preview to an article published in the October 2016 issue of […]

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ICRAC second statement on security to the 2016 UN CCW Expert Meeting

On April 15, ICRAC’s Juergen Altmann delivered the following statement to the informal “Meeting of Experts“, gathered to discuss questions related to “lethal autonomous weapons systems” from April 11 to April 15 at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Click here to read this post in braille   Thank you for allowing the International Committee […]

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ICRAC statement on security to the 2016 UN CCW Expert Meeting

On April 14, ICRAC’s Noel Sharkey delivered the following statement to the informal “Meeting of Experts“, gathered to discuss questions related to “lethal autonomous weapons systems” from April 11 to April 15 at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Click here to read this post in braille Thank you for allowing the International Committee for […]

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ICRAC opening statement to the 2016 UN CCW Expert Meeting

On April 12, ICRAC’s Juergen Altmann delivered the following statement to the informal “Meeting of Experts“, gathered to discuss questions related to “lethal autonomous weapons systems” from April 11 to April 15 at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Click here to read this post in braille ICRAC opening statement to the 2016 UN CCW […]

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Speed kills! Why we need to hit the brakes on “killer robots”

by Juergen Altmann and Frank Sauer This analysis originally appeared as a guest post on duckofminerva.com Click here to read this post in braille Autonomous weapon systems: rarely has an issue gained the attention of the international arms control community as quickly as these so-called killer robots. “Once activated, they can select and engage targets […]

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ICRAC at the 2016 UN CCW informal experts meeting on LAWS

Click here to read this post in braille The Convention on Conventional Weapons (CCW) will hold its third informal experts meeting on lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS) at the United Nations (UN) in Geneva on 11-15 April 2016. Learn more about the the objectives and purpose of this multilateral meeting from the list of frequently […]

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ICRAC and the responsible robotics revolution

Click here to read this post in braille ICRAC works for the regulation of robotic weapon systems and is committed to the peaceful use of robotic technology. To further pursue this latter goal, ICRAC’s Noel Sharkey co-founded the Foundation for Responsible Robotics. In a recently published piece on Research Fortnight, Sharkey and Aimee van Wynsberghe […]

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LAWS: An Open Letter from AI & Robotics Experts (UPDATED Dec. 2016)

Thousands of experts in artificial intelligence, robotics and related professions have signed an open letter, hosted by the Future of Life Institute, calling for a ban on autonomous weapons that select and engage targets without human intervention. You can read more on the importance of this letter to the current global effort of banning lethal […]

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Our robotic future: The hopes and worries of 10 year old Bethany

Click here to read this post in braille Ten year old Bethany Clifford-Tait is concerned about a future that includes autonomous weapons systems aka ‘killer robots’. Such were her worries that she wrote to the producers of the oldest and most popular BBC children’s programme Blue Peter to ask them to spread the word to […]

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ICRAC welcomes UN CCW decision for 2015 Expert Meeting on LAWS

ICRAC welcomes the decision by the 2014 UN CCW High Contracting Parties Meeting to keep discussing “lethal autonomous weapon systems” (LAWS). From the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots Website: The decision is an important acknowledgement of the legal, technical, ethical, operational, and societal concerns that have been raised. The broad consensus expressed for continuing the talks shows […]

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ICRAC opening statement to 2014 UN CCW High Contracting Parties Meeting

On November 13, ICRAC’s Noel Sharkey delivered the following statement to the Meeting of the High Contracting Parties to the CCW, gathered to discuss questions related to “lethal autonomous weapons systems” from November 13 to November 14 2014 at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. I am speaking on behalf of the International Committee for […]

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The Campaign and the Media

On Monday, October 20th, The School of Media Studies at The New School hosted a discussion chaired by ICRAC’s Dr. Peter Asaro with Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Ms. Jody Williams and Mary Wareham of Human Rights Watch, looking at the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, the involvement of ICRAC and many other NGOs worldwide and […]

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ICRAC’s new mission statement

After having fulfilled ICRAC’s founding mission declared in September 2009, ICRAC members have updated their mission  statement in July 2014. The new, 2014 Mission Statement reads as follows: Declared July 2014, updating the Original Mission Statement in light of ICRAC’s 2009 call to commence a discussion about robot arms control having been heard. Given the […]

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Banning Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems (LAWS): The way forward

With ICRAC’s 2009 mission statement fulfilled and the issue of fully autonomous weapon systems picked up by the international community at the United Nations Convention on Conventional Weapons (CCW) in Geneva, ICRAC and the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots can celebrate a first success (Read more about this here and here and see the ICRAC […]

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ICRAC closing statement to the 2014 UN CCW Expert Meeting

On May 16, ICRAC’s Frank Sauer delivered the following closing statement to the informal “Meeting of Experts“, gathered to discuss questions related to “lethal autonomous weapons systems” from May 13 to May 16 at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Closing statement by the International Committee for Robot Arms Control Convention on Conventional Weapons Meeting […]

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ICRAC statement on operational issues to the 2014 UN CCW Expert Meeting

On May 15, ICRAC’s Heather Roff delivered the following statement on operational issues to the informal “Meeting of Experts“, gathered to discuss questions related to “lethal autonomous weapons systems” from May 13 to May 16 at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Operational statement by the International Committee for Robot Arms Control Convention on Conventional […]

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ICRAC’s second statement on legal issues to the 2014 UN CCW Expert Meeting

On May 15, ICRAC’s David Akerson delivered the following statement, ICRAC’s second statement on legal issues, to the informal “Meeting of Experts“, gathered to discuss questions related to “lethal autonomous weapons systems” from May 13 to May 16 at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Legal statement by the International Committee for Robot Arms Control […]

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ICRAC statement on legal issues to the 2014 UN CCW Expert Meeting

On May 15, ICRAC’s Heather Roff delivered the following statement on legal issues to the informal “Meeting of Experts“, gathered to discuss questions related to “lethal autonomous weapons systems” from May 13 to May 16 at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Legal statement by the International Committee for Robot Arms Control Convention on Conventional […]

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ICRAC statement on technical issues to the 2014 UN CCW Expert Meeting

On May 14, ICRAC’s Denise Garcia delivered the following statement on technical issues to the informal “Meeting of Experts“, gathered to discuss questions related to “lethal autonomous weapons systems” from May 13 to May 16 at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Technical statement by the International Committee for Robot Arms Control Convention on Conventional […]

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ICRAC opening statement to the 2014 UN CCW Expert Meeting

On May 13, ICRAC’s Juergen Altmann delivered the following statement to the informal “Meeting of Experts“, gathered to discuss questions related to “lethal autonomous weapons systems” from May 13 to May 16 at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Opening statement by the International Committee for Robot Arms Control Convention on Conventional Weapons Meeting of […]

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The Road to Geneva: ICRAC and the Campaign headed to CCW Expert Meeting

In its 2009 mission statement, ICRAC urgently called upon the international community to commence a discussion about arms control in the realm of military robotics. Thanks to the work of NGOs forming the “Campaign to Stop Killer Robots” coalition, a coalition that is constantly growing since April 2013 and of which ICRAC is one of […]

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