Weapons, Technology and Human Control

16 October 2014, New York, USA

Recent discussions in a variety of intergovernmental, academic and policy forums have considered the objective of maintaining meaningful human control of weapon systems. The phrase “meaningful human control” has been taken up by civil society and some states as a useful framing concept for discussions on autonomy in weapon systems. However, human control may be understood in a variety of ways. Does the concept of meaningful human control offer a useful framework for the development of norms and policy on a variety of weapon issues? At this event, we will consider how the concept of human control is or may be applied to various existing and future weapon systems, as well as how complex technological systems pose particular challenges to the exercise of human control.

Support from UNIDIR's core funders provides the foundation for all of the Institute's activities. In addition, dedicated project funding was received from the Governments of the Netherlands and Switzerland.

Speaker(s): John Borrie, Hanne Eggen Røislien, Benno Laggner, Richard Moyes, Mark Versteden, Kerstin Vignard

This conference is part of the project The Weaponization of Increasingly Autonomous Technologies (Phase III)