Oren Gross on “When Machines Kill: Criminal Responsibility for International Crimes Committed by Lethal Autonomous Robots”

Oren Gross

Warfare technology widens the human-technology gap in combat.  Human beings are becoming the weak link in the Observe, Orient, Decide, and Act Loop (OODA Loop) because of the increasing need to collect and process vast amounts of data.  The combat use of Lethal Autonomous Robots (LARs) is ushering in an era of de-humanized warfare, where human beings are less present in combat zones.  The tension between LAR autonomy and human accountability for war crimes raises legal, ethical, and policy concerns.  Professor Gross argues that current domestic and international criminal law is ill prepared to apportion human accountability in the event a LAR commits a war crime.  His paper proposes more effective methods for apportioning criminal responsibility in such situations.

Oren Gross will present When Machines Kill: Criminal Responsibility for International Crimes Committed by Lethal Autonomous Robots at the Military Robotics Panel Presentation on Sunday, April 22nd at 3:15pm at We Robot 2012 at the University of Miami School of Law in Coral Gables, Florida.  Oren Gross is the Irving Younger Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota Law School, where he is also the Director of the Institute of International Legal & Security Studies.  He has a LL.M. and SJD from Harvard Law School and an LL.B. from Tel-Aviv University in Tel-Aviv, Israel.  Professor Gross is an internationally recognized expert in national security law, international law, and international trade.

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