The Danger of Using a War of Attrition Strategy With Autonomous Weapons

The United Nations offices in Geneva, where members will soon meet to discuss autonomous weapons. Palis Michalis/Thinkstock On April 11, member states at the United Nations will meet at another informal meeting of experts under the auspices of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons, a treaty that prohibits weapons deemed to have indiscriminate effects or to cause excessive injury. They are meeting for the third time in Geneva to consider whether to preemptively ban autonomous weapons—or, more colloquially, “killer robots.” As the member states gear up to hear another five days of testimony from experts—of which I am one—it would be a useful exercise to consider the thinking behind creating and deploying autonomous weapons. For those new to these terms, lethal autonomous weapons are considered weapons that can “select and…


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