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Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems: A Primer for Philippine Policy

This primer lays out the basics and issues of lethal autonomous weapons, and other emerging technologies in the field of weapons development, and their relevance to Philippine policy and law.

The research and development of lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS) is at its nascent stage, driven mostly by developed countries with an interest in expanding their military capabilities. The technology used to build them, however, already exists in parts and parcels. The central characteristics of LAWS are the autonomy to select a course of action and the intelligence to execute it as it intended. Autonomy and intelligence are its key features.

Objections to LAWS are generally centred on three arguments: the inevitable unpredictability of deep learning AI, uncertainty on whether intelligence allows AI to perceive moral dilemmas and contexts, and the potential of LAWS to be used in unintended, unauthorized and eventually harmful circumstances.

Nonviolence International Southeast Asia

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