In April, world leaders will meet in Geneva discuss the regulation of autonomous weapons at the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW). But before they make laws, they first have to agree on what an autonomous weapon even is.
“We still really haven’t come to a universal understanding of what an autonomous weapon is,” Paul Scharre, Director of the 20YY Warfare Initiative at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), told me. “We have a group of NGOs that have leapt to conclusions––they want a ban on 'killer robots,' but nobody is sure what that is.”
Scharre and Michael C. Horowitz co-authored a new report for CNAS that seeks to clear up some questions surrounding the definition of these so-called “killer robots.”
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