An update

I’ve been up to quite a lot of interesting things recently and thought that I should probably post an update.

Having run the research network Technology, Terrorism, and Armed Conflict in the 21st Century for about two years, I decided it was time to move on to the next project. I really enjoyed reading and conversing on a number of different and interesting issues. It was always great to see different perspectives on the areas and see what others thought.

The next project, however, goes beyond these issues and looks at anything of interest. Mike Ryder and I have set up the ‘In the Zone Podcast‘. We look at anything from philosophy, to law, to technologies, to the sciences. We’ve had some interesting guests on to talk about their research and a whole host of different topics. We’re having great fun exploring the issues, and hope you enjoy listening. You’re more than welcome to get involved in the conversation with us too.

In terms of my thesis, I’m making progress and am currently writing up. After exploring many avenues and different ideas, I’m now focussed on notions of control that different people have over autonomous weapon systems. Specifically, I’m looking at the legal implications of these different types of control that people will have, from the programmer to the operator, to the commander, and the weapons reviewer. It’s been a fascinating time. I’ll share it with you all once I’m done.

I’ve also been working on an article for publication on the major legal issues of using deep learning technologies in autonomous weapons. This is a technology that has received a lot of hype in recent years, but it is now becoming clear that some of the hopes that it would usher in a new era of progress in artificial intelligence are starting to unravel. It’s still really useful, just not in some of the hoped-for ways. I’ll share more about this once it progresses to publication.

That’s it for now. I’ll share more thoughts when I get a chance.


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