Conceptualizing lethal autonomous weapon systems and their impact on the conduct of war - A study on the incentives, implementation and implications of weapons independent of human control

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Conceptualizing lethal autonomous weapon systems and their impact on the conduct of war - A study on the incentives, implementation and implications of weapons independent of human control

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dc.contributor.author Simon, Sascha
dc.date.accessioned 2019-10-17T09:42:07Z
dc.date.available 2019-10-17T09:42:07Z
dc.date.issued 2019 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2043/30241
dc.description.abstract The thesis has aimed to study the emergence of a new weapons technology, also known as ‘killer robots’ or lethal autonomous weapon system. It seeks to answer what factors drive the development and deployment of this weapon system without ‘meaningful human control’, a component that allows the decision to kill to be delegated to machines. The research question focuses on seeking the motivations to develop and deploy LAWS, as well as the consequences this would have on military conduct and conflict characteristics. The incentives they bring up and the way of adopting them has been studied by synthesizing antinomic democratic peace theory and adoption capacity theory respectively. The findings of this qualitative content analysis lead to two major conclusions. (1) That LAWS present severe risk avoidance and costs reduction potential for the user. These factors have a more prevalent pull on democracies than autocracies, since they stand to benefit from LAWS’ specific capabilities more in comparison. (2) That their adoption is aided by low financial intensity needed to adopt it, due to the high commercial profitability and applicability of AI technology, and the ease of a spillover to military sphere. Their adoption is hindered by high organizational capital needed to implement the drastic changes LAWS bring. All of this leads to the prediction that LAWS are likely to proliferate further, at a medium speed, and potentially upset the balance of power. en_US
dc.format.extent 38 en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Malmö universitet/Kultur och samhälle sv_SE
dc.subject Lethal autonomous weapon systems en_US
dc.subject LAWS en_US
dc.subject Autonomy en_US
dc.subject Automation en_US
dc.subject Technology en_US
dc.subject Security en_US
dc.subject War en_US
dc.subject Ethics en_US
dc.subject Arms control en_US
dc.subject Proliferation en_US
dc.subject Democratic Peace Theory en_US
dc.subject Adaption Capacity Theory en_US
dc.subject Diffusion en_US
dc.subject Meaningful human control en_US
dc.subject Killer Robots en_US
dc.title Conceptualizing lethal autonomous weapon systems and their impact on the conduct of war - A study on the incentives, implementation and implications of weapons independent of human control en_US
dc.title.alternative Conceptualizing lethal autonomous weapon systems and their impact on the conduct of war - A study on the incentives, implementation and implications of weapons independent of human control en_US
dc.type M2 en_US
dc.setspec.uppsok SocialBehaviourLaw en_US
dcterms.relation.coopPrivate Herr
dc.contributor.examiner Lindström, Fredrik
dc.contributor.supervisor Chatzoglakis, Dimosthenis
mahlocal.xprt.faculty2019 KS
mahlocal.xprt.institution2019 GPS
mahlocal.xprt.program Internationella relationer
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