Regulating autonomous military technologies

This project seeks to develop creative ways to regulate autonomous weapons that are likely to impact international security and transform war and conflict in ways that we can only now imagine. The premise of the research is that since the development and deployment of these technologies is still at an early stage, there are significant opportunities for open debate, experimentation, as well as the design and implementation of multi-party commitments and innovative regulatory structures. The project offers a set of ideas that can stimulate conversations such that empowered players are convinced of the importance and possibility of meaningful, multi-party action. It moves the debate away from the traditional domain of the laws of war and towards lessons learned from the rich discourse and practice of rapidly expanding global regulatory systems involving commerce, health, the environment, technology, and other areas where there are efforts to produce international order within contexts of complex innovation and significant uncertainty.