Unintended consequences and malicious uses of AI

Branka Marijan Featured, News

News stories on artificial intelligence (AI) herald advancements in medicine, applaud the ability of programs to defeat human players in complex games, and anticipate the ability to read our minds. While it is important to highlight these positive contributions, we must stay alert to the full range of effects of AI on our society and the world—the unintended as well …

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

Branka Marijan Featured, News

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 …

Emerging Technologies: Civil Society Statement to the United Nations

Cesar Jaramillo

The following is the civil society statement on emerging technologies as delivered by Project Ploughshares Program Officer Cesar Jaramillo to the UN General Assembly First Committee (Disarmament and International Security) on October 29, 2013. Jaramillo was the lead drafter for the space security part of the statement, which also covers the use of armed drones. Outer space Humankind has become …

Obama, drones and Just War

Tasneem Jamal News

By Karina Sangha U.S. President Barack Obama’s speech on counterterrorism delivered this past Thursday has drawn both praise and criticism from domestic and international commentators. While the speech touched on a number of controversial issues, the Obama administration’s use of drones to kill terrorists in countries such as Pakistan and Yemen occupied centre stage. Following months of criticism, Obama defended …