Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems [Ethical, Legal, and Societal Issues]

L. Righetti, Q. C. Pham, R. Madhavan, R. Chatila

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The topic of lethal autonomous weapon systems (LAWS) has recently caught public attention due to extensive news coverage and apocalyptic declarations from famous scientists and technologists. Autonomy is becoming pervasive in noncritical components of weapon systems, such as transport, navigation, or surveillance, and has already had an impact on the use of military force by nations. Partial autonomy in the navigation and surveillance capabilities of drones, has been decisive in the rapid and extensive deployment of the controversial US drone program.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)123-126
Number of pages4
JournalIEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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