Engaging Publics on the Ethics and Governance of Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems

A MQ-9 Reaper flies above Creech Air Force Base, Nev., during a local training mission June 9, 2009. The 42nd Attack Squadron at Creech AFB operates the MQ-9. (U.S. Air Force photo/Paul Ridgeway)

A MQ-9 Reaper flies above Creech Air Force Base, Nev., during a local training mission June 9, 2009. The 42nd Attack Squadron at Creech AFB operates the MQ-9. (U.S. Air Force photo/Paul Ridgeway)

The Open Roboethics initiative (ORi) just released a report on the results of an international public opinion poll on the ethics and governance of lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS). The report, titled “The Ethics and Governance of Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems: An International Public Opinion Poll“, suggests that there may be little public support for the development and use of these weapons systems. The survey included participants from 49 countries, and ORi has decided to continue collecting data indefinitely.

Some highlights of ORi’s findings:

  • 67% of participants indicated that all types of LAWS should be banned
  • 56% of participants indicated that LAWS should not be developed or used
  • 85% of participants indicated that LAWS should not be used for offensive purposes

You can read the full report and can still participate in the poll.

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