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Lethal Autonomous Robots

Ron Arkin and his robots

Roboticist and robot ethics expert Ron Arkin explains what the rise of lethal autonomous systems will mean for the way wars are fought.

Initial discussions in the UN in recent years have focused on the need to retain some form of human control, as well as considering the potential risks and benefits. Ron Arkin has worked extensively on the military applications of robots. In his work, he investigates exactly how scientists can reduce human inhumanity to others. 

Listen to Ron in his talk at UNSW Sydney where he scrutinises the big ethical questions; Should robots be soldiers? Can they make war safer for civilians?

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This podcast was recored live at the event, Lethal Autonomous Robots and the Plight of the Non-Combatant at the Michael Crouch Innovation Centre.

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