Killer Robots: Effective Human Control?

“All member states agreed that any weapon system needs to have effective human control … the problem is that this is a very nebulous term.”

In her interview with War and Peace Talk, Dr Heather Roff Perkins (Visiting Professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver) discusses her work on so-called ‘killer robots’. In May 2014, Dr Roff attended a UNCCW-meeting that discussed the pre-emptive ban of the development of Lethal Autonomous Weapons (LAWS). She explains where the debate is now, and why the US government is reluctant to see the development of stronger international legislation to curtail the development of these technologies.

Dr Roff partook in a two-day conference titled ‘The Responsibility to Protect and the Prevention of Mass Atrocoties’ hosted by The Hague Institute for Global Justice on 22 October 2014.