"Killing with computers – the ethics of autonomous and remote controlled weapons" by Dr Alex Leveringhaus and Dapo Akande

Past Event

08 February 2013, 1:15pm - 2:45pm

Humanities Building Lecture Theatre
2nd Floor, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6GG

This seminar is held in collaboration with the Institute for Science and Ethics, an Oxford Martin School Institute

Summary: Governments and armies around the world are investing heavily in highly sophisticated robotics weapons systems. Some systems, such as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles ('drones') and bomb disposal robots, are already operational; many more will be in the not too distant future. Do these systems pose distinctive legal and ethical challenges? Should they be designed to replace human service personnel, or is the idea of a 'killer robot' morally and legally abhorrent? In this seminar, we discuss these and similar questions.


Chair: Dr Bennett Foddy, Deputy Director, Institute for Science and Ethics

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All the seminars are free and open to all; however booking is recommended. Sandwich lunch provided