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Lethal Autonomous WeaponsRe-Examining the Law and Ethics of Robotic Warfare$
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Jai Galliott, Duncan MacIntosh, and Jens David Ohlin

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780197546048

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2021

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780197546048.001.0001

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An Effort to Balance the Lopsided Autonomous Weapons Debate

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Lethal Autonomous Weapons

Jai Galliott

Jens David Ohlin

Duncan MacIntosh

Oxford University Press

The question of whether new rules or regulations are required to govern, restrict, or even prohibit the use of autonomous weapon systems—defined by the United States as systems that, once activated, can select and engage targets without further intervention by a human operator or, in more hyperbolic terms, by the dysphemism “killer robots”—has preoccupied government actors, academics, and proponents of a global arms-control regime for the better part of a decade. Many civil-society groups claim that there is consistently growing momentum in support of a ban on lethal autonomous weapon systems, and frequently tout the number of (primarily second world) nations supporting their cause. However, to objective external observers, the way ahead appears elusive, as the debate lacks any kind of broad agreement, and there is a notable absence of great power support. Instead, the debate has become characterized by hyperbole aimed at capturing or alienating the public imagination....

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