Developments in Artificial Intelligence are sold as having the capacity to improve our lives in areas that range from transportation to health and education. But, in the area of warfare, increasing automation in weapons systems and the use of AI to identify and strike targets could have unpredictable and devastating results - not to mention crossing serious moral lines as we move closer to delegating decisions about who to kill to machines. In light of current global security rhetoric, this panel explores the current status of autonomous warfare, the real risks this technology poses, and why now is the time to negotiate an international treaty to halt the increasing automation of killing and ensure meaningful human control over lethal autonomous weapons.
Jeremy Kahn is a senior writer at Fortune magazine, where he writes frequently on artificial intelligence and other disruptive technologies. He has written about lethal autonomous weapons and the campaign for an international ban on these systems. He has also covered finance, economics, and general business topics. Before rejoining Fortune in 2019, he spent eight years at Bloomberg News as a technology reporter and a senior writer for Bloomberg Markets magazine. His writing has appeared in The New York Times,The International Herald Tribune, Newsweek, The Atlantic, Smithsonian, and The Boston Globe. From 2007 to 2011, he reported from New Delhi, India. Prior to moving to India, he was the managing editor of the New Republic in Washington, D.C. In addition to Europe, has reported from South Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. He is currently based in London.
Verity Coyle works as a Senior Advisor at the International Secretariat of Amnesty International in London, where she covers various arms control issues, including the Arms Trade Treaty, the trade in conventional arms, the use of inhumane weapons around the world and the use and transfer of armed drones. Verity also works on fully autonomous weapons systems and other emerging weapons and artificial intelligence technologies. Verity sits on the global Steering Committee of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, of which Amnesty International is a member. Verity is a Senior Advisor and Nonresident Fellow with Stimson’s Conventional Defense program. Verity formerly coordinated research and policy for the Control Arms coalition and was the Coordinator of the ATT Monitor. In this role she led and managed the delivery of two ATT Monitor Annual Reports (2018& 2019), served as representative and spokesperson for the ATT Monitor.
Geneva Director of Soka Gakkai International Office for UN Affairs
Hayley Ramsay-Jones, is the Geneva Director of the Soka Gakkai International Office for UN Affairs, she manages the Human Rights, Disarmament and Climate Justice programmes and is responsible for the advocacy work on disarmament at the UN. In this role, Hayley works with the Stop Killer Robots campaign to draw attention to the weaponisation of new information technologies, in particular, the issues of algorithmic bias, and facial recognition systems. Taking an intersectional approach, she highlights the human rights and social justice perspectives in disarmament and has worked with the SKR to develop its analysis on how autonomous weapon systems would perpetuate inequality and inequity. As a founding member of SKR’s Working Group on Intersectionality, Hayley also works with the campaign to highlight and address issues pertaining to diversity, equity and inclusion. In addition to her work in disarmament, Hayley is the Global Advisor for the Black Cultural Archives, a board member of Benuu, a mental health youth arts organisation, and a member of Kinfolk, a UK based network of black organisers, activists and artists.
International Representative at Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
Taniel Yusef is International Representative for the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, UK as well as the Tech Developers Coordinator of the UK Campaign to Stop Killer Robots. She advocates at the UN, UK government and Brussels on Trade, Economics and Disarmament Affairs, including issues of migration, resource based conflict and weapons technologies. Taniel has researched resilience on the ground, particularly women's access to resources during/post conflict. She is a Visiting Lecturer in Humanitarian Intervention MSc, at the University of East London, contributing editor to the European Women's Lobby- Feminist Economics Working Group as well as a contributing researcher to the Oxford Internet Institute on autonomy. She is on the Advisory Board of Byline, Transparency Taskforce and Clean Up the Internet. Taniel spent 10 years in the arts before her LLM in International Economic Law, Justice and Development, meanwhile studying Human Rights Law, International Humanitarian Law, World History, Peace-building, Finance Law and Feminist Legal Theory as an associate.
Peter Burt is a researcher with Drone Wars UK where he works on issues relating to artificial intelligence, autonomy, and other emerging technologies and their role in the future development of drones and warfighting. Before moving to Drone Wars UK Peter was Director for the Nuclear Information Service for six years, undertaking research into the costs and risks of the UK’s nuclear weapons programme, and he is currently also a Trustee the Nuclear Education Trust. His academic background is in the biological sciences.