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Is now the time to ban lethal autonomous weapons systems?

17 April 2019
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Design Studio, Ainsworth Building
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One of the most controversial aspects of the rise of intelligent machines is the development of ‘lethal autonomous weapon systems’. But what impact will these 'killer robots' have on the way wars are fought?

Can we retain some form of human control, is there any way to responsibly manage their risks and benefits? Or is now the time to ban killer robots?

Join Scientia Professor Toby Walsh, UNSW's 'rockstar' expert on AI, Associate Professor Jessica Whyte, a philosopher seeking to illuminate the moral economy of contemporary warfare, and Matilda Byrne, a specialist in international security and disarmament.

This event will discuss the international movement to bring about a ban, why it exists and how it relates to the situation in Australia.

Toby Walsh

Toby Walsh


Toby Walsh is a leading researcher in Artificial Intelligence. He was named by the Australian newspaper as a "rock star" of Australia's digital revolution. He is Scientia Professor of AI at UNSW, leads the Algorithmic Decision Theory group at Data61, Australia's Centre of Excellence for ICT Research, and is Guest Professor at TU Berlin.

He has written several books about AI for a general audience including 2062: The World that AI Made. He regularly appears in the media talking and writing about the impact of AI and robotics and is passionate that limits are placed on AI to ensure the public good. He has played a leading role at the UN and elsewhere on the campaign to ban lethal autonomous weapons.