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Military AI: New book anticipates a world of “killer robots”—and the need to regulate them

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Denise Garcia’s, book, The AI Military Race, on Nov. 30, 2023.

In our digitally mediated world, the atrocities of war are hard to ignore. Conflagrations in Europe (Ukraine-Russia), the Middle East (Israel-Hamas) and elsewhere relay images of death and destruction as quickly as our feeds can process them.  

As artificial intelligence advances, the weapons of war grow evermore capable of killing people without meaningful human oversight, raising troubling questions about the manner today’s and tomorrow’s wars will be carried out, and how autonomous weapons systems could weaken accountability when it comes to the potential violations of international law that attend their deployment.  

Denise Garcia, professor of political science and international affairs, condenses these grim realities into a new book on the subject titled “The AI Military Race: Common Good Governance in the Age of Artificial Intelligence.” The book explores the challenges in “creating a global governance framework” that anticipates a world of rampant AI weaponry systems against the backdrop of the deterioration of international law and norms—indeed, a world increasingly descriptive of the one in which we now live.

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