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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 portrait

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. Walsh is Scientia Professor of Artificial Intelligence 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 been elected a fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, and has won the prestigious Humboldt research award, as well as the NSW Premier's Prize for Excellence in Engineering and ICT. Walsh regularly appears in the media talking about the impact of AI and robotics and his twitter account has been voted one of the top ten to follow to keep abreast of developments in AI. He has played a leading role at the UN and elsewhere on the campaign to ban lethal autonomous weapons (aka "killer robots”).