Lethal autonomous weapon systems, or LAWS, are weapons that can select a target with the help of sensors and artificial intelligence and attack with little to no human intervention . There are several economic, political, and social benefits to LAWS, but also there are risks and costs. Currently, there are no laws regulating these weapon systems, but most stakeholders are lobbying for a change in policy. This policy brief discusses three different potential states of policies: (1) no new policies to regulate LAWs, (2) a complete ban of LAWs, and (3) strict regulations regarding the use of LAWs. We recommend allowing the deployment of LAWS with strict regulations around their use and a mandated amount of human control.
Desai, Ansh; Harmon, Jacob; Khandelwal, Tanya; and Vandewalle, Kyle
"Lethal Autonomous Weapons and Human-in-the-Chain,"
Student Papers in Public Policy: Vol. 3
Available at: https://docs.lib.purdue.edu/sppp/vol3/iss1/3