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Autonomous Weapons and the Future of Warfare: What Role for Canada?

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Impact Hub Ottawa

123 Slater St

Ottawa, ON K1P 5H2

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Please join us for a discussion about autonomous weapons and the future of warfare. Featuring speakers from academia, civil society and the tech sector.

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In a fully autonomous weapons system, there is no meaningful human control over critical decisions, such as the decision to target and kill people.

Fully autonomous weapons systems do not yet exist. However, advances in machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) are raising concerns about growing autonomy of weapons systems. Countries with high-tech militaries, particularly the United States, China, Israel, South Korea, Russia, and the United Kingdom are developing autonomous systems for military applications. Currently, some 130 military systems can autonomously track targets.

Countries have been meeting at the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) in Geneva and discussing AWS since 2014. The next meeting on the topic will be from August 27-31, 2018.

In previous meetings, Canada has stated that weapons should be developed with an appropriate level of human involvement. What does appropriate involvement mean? It could mean that a human operator monitors the weapons system, but can’t really intervene.

AI and robotics experts believe that the development of autonomous weapons comes with significant risks, and have called for strict oversight of these systems by the international community.

Join us to examine further the topic of autonomous weapons and what role Canada can play in addressing the humanitarian concerns these weapons raise!

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Ottawa, ON K1P 5H2

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