A movement towards greater ‘autonomy’ in weapons systems risks a dehumanised future of machines being tasked to apply force and kill without people understanding or being fully responsible for the consequences.

We are working for a new international legal treaty covering a broad scope of sensor-based weapons systems, which must prohibit fundamentally unacceptable systems and keep control over the rest.

Article 36 coined the term ‘meaningful human control’ to help structure discussions on the functions and principles that must be retained in critical decisions on the application of force. We are part of the leadership of the civil society Campaign to Stop Killer Robots.

Featured image: A crew member performs maintenance on a Phalanx close-in weapons system. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Ethan J. Soto/Released https://flic.kr/p/281oAF3

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