Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade

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Free public film screening, followed by a Q&A with arms trade expert and author Andrew Feinstein and the Executive Director of Project Ploughshares Cesar Jaramillo. Wednesday, November 1, 2017  7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Auditorium, Balsillie School of International Affairs, 67 Erb St. Waterloo Limited seating. To RSVP and for more information, visit BSIA: www.balsillieschool.ca Hosted by the Balsillie School of …

Autonomous Kalashnikovs?

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The Russian manufacturer is developing weapons that can identify targets using artificial intelligence Russian arms manufacturer Kalashnikov is best known as the producer of the infamous assault rifle, the AK-47. The AK-47, as journalist C.J. Chivers (2010) notes, has “fundamentally rewritten the rules of modern warfare,” mainly due to the “ease of use, cost, reliability, and readily available parts and …

On Elon Musk, AI and killer robots

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Last month, 116 robotics experts, including Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, signed a letter calling on the United Nations to take action on lethal autonomous weapons systems or killer robots. Musk has become the chief figure warning about the military uses of artificial intelligence (AI), and has brought increased media attention to the issue. Recently, Musk pointed to remarks …

Canadians among experts calling for UN action on killer robots

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On August 21, 116 robotics experts from 26 countries, including Canada, signed a letter calling for the United Nations to take action on the issue of lethal autonomous weapons systems, commonly known as killer robots. The letter comes at the start of the 2017 International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI) in Melbourne, Australia. An open letter signed by more …

Robocops, drones, and the changing nature of law enforcement: How and when to regulate?  

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Recently, Dubai’s police force announced that by the end of the year it will have mini autonomous police cars that feature facial recognition technology, thermal imaging, and built-in drones patrolling the streets. As The Washington Post reports, the vehicles will be able to read licence plates, and record and track suspects, while the built-in drones can be deployed in areas …

The Arms Trade Treaty: Implications for Canada

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Following the Liberal government’s announcement that Canada would accede to the Arms Trade Treaty, Project Ploughshares partnered with Amnesty International Canada, Oxfam Canada, and Oxfam Quebec to produce a detailed briefing outlining key areas related to Canada’s military export controls regime that require attention if Canada is to effectively implement the obligations of the Treaty. The briefing has been shared …

Faster, higher, stronger

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Civil society organizations gather to strengthen campaigns to protect civilians from armed violence On October 15-16 Project Ploughshares, along with more than 100 members of other civil society organizations (CSOs), participated in Humanitarian Disarmament Forum 2016, the fifth annual forum in New York. This year’s objective was to review and strengthen instruments, such as campaigns, to protect civilians from the …

On killer police robots and weaponization of autonomous systems

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Recent developments in autonomous systems, such as self-driving cars and mobile robotics, are exciting. Proponents promise that they will reduce the number of casualties in car accidents and allow machines to do dangerous jobs. But advances in autonomous technology have still raised concerns. One relates to its weaponization. In early July Dallas police used a bomb-disposal robot to kill a …

On killer robots and human control

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Debating the sophistication of artificial intelligence in lethal autonomous weapons systems Lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS) are more commonly known as killer robots. LAWS would select, target, and kill without any human input. While these weapons systems do not yet exist, leading scientists agree that they soon will. Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 37 Issue 2 Summer 2016 by Branka Marijan Some feel …

Develop the good – ban the bad

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New hypersonic weapons systems are in the works and getting big money—it’s time to respond On May 11 the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the research arm of the U.S. Department of Defense, held its annual Demo Day at the Pentagon to showcase the latest developments in military technology. Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 37 Issue 2 Summer 2016 by Branka Marijan …