We need to restart talks on regulating autonomous weapons—now

Branka Marijan Emerging Technologies, Featured

To no one’s surprise, United Nations discussions on the regulation of autonomous weapons have stalled. Last year, the global pandemic caused delays, with only one week of discussions—partly in Geneva, Switzerland and partly virtual—taking place from September 21-25. November’s annual meeting of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW), at which the 2021 schedule for discussions on autonomous weapons would have been set, was cancelled.

Autonomous collaborative weapons

Branka Marijan Emerging Technologies, Featured, News

The United States is at the forefront of advancements in autonomous swarming technologies. A U.S. government-appointed panel has even said that the country has a “moral imperative” to develop weapons driven by artificial intelligence (AI). While the morality of this imperative can be debated, there can be no doubt that the technological advancements of the world’s most advanced military warrant …

How Canada can get up to speed on the ban on autonomous weapons

Branka Marijan Emerging Technologies, Featured

Disarmament and arms control have not featured prominently, if at all, in mandate letters to Canada’s foreign ministers in many years. But at the end of 2019, Canadian Foreign Minister François-Philippe Champagne was given a new mandate to “advance international efforts to ban the development and use of fully autonomous weapons systems.”

Where does the world stand on killer robots? The view from recent UN meetings on autonomous weapons

Branka Marijan Conventional Weapons, Emerging Technologies, Featured, News

From March 25 to 29, the Group of Governmental Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons met at the United Nations Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons in Geneva, Switzerland.

The ‘Black Mirror’ spectre and autonomous weapons

Branka Marijan Conventional Weapons, Emerging Technologies, Featured, News

Thinking about the future of warfare through science fiction Laughter doesn’t often fill the meeting room at the United Nations. When it does, it’s a refreshing reminder that country delegates are ordinary citizens, just like the rest of us. While they have been given a great privilege and responsibility to represent their nations’ interests and serve the planet, they also …

Long-Term Menace: The ban on cluster munitions is under threat

Tasneem Jamal Conventional Weapons

Author Earl Turcotte The Ploughshares Monitor Autumn 2011 Volume 32 Issue 3 Earl Turcotte was the Senior Coordinator for Mine Action at the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) from 2005 to early 2011. He led the Canadian delegation throughout the negotiation of the Convention on Cluster Munitions. In February 2011, he resigned on principle from DFAIT …