Debate on “killer robots”: the crucial role of human control

January 10th 2019 - 11:06

Dr. Tim Sweijs, Director of Research at HCSS was interviewed on robots and advancements in military automation for the European Science-Media Hub. In the interview he argues for analytical rigor in the discussion about military robotic and autonomous systems, reflects on threats and opportunities, and calls for a mixture of idealism with realism:

"We also need to combine realism with idealism: The race for AI in the military domain is on. Europe can only have a say and shape its future course if it participates. If we as Europeans, as a value-based community, want to help shape future applications of AI in the military domain we need to be involved, at least."

Read the entire article here, and the interview here.

Dr. Tim Sweijs is the Director of Research at The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies. He is the initiator, creator and author of numerous studies, methodologies, and tools for horizon scanning, early warning, conflict analysis, national security risk assessment, and strategy and capability development. Tim has lectured at universities and military academies around the world. His main research interest concerns the changing character of contemporary conflict. Tim is a Senior Research Fellow at the Netherlands Defence Academy and an Affiliate at the Center for International Strategy, Technology and Policy in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology.