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The Weaponization of Increasingly Autonomous Technologies

This 9-pp briefing paper examines what may be understood by “meaningful human control.” It is the second in a series of UNIDIR papers on the weaponization of increasing autonomous technologies.

The rapidly advancing field of AI and machine learning has significant implications for the role of autonomy in weapon systems. States face the daunting task of trying to understand the legal, policy, ethical, strategic, and other considerations of a technology that is rapidly evolving. This paper is an introductory primer for non-technical audiences on the current state of AI and machine learning, designed to support the international discussions on the weaponization of increasingly autonomous technologies.

This publication can be found on the UNIDIR website here.

At this early stage of discussions on autonomy, the concept of Meaningful Human Control provides an approach to discussing the weaponization of increasingly autonomous technologies, not a solution to the technical, legal, moral and regulatory questions they pose.


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