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April 12, 2018 – At this week’s meeting of the U.N. Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW), Dr. Larry Lewis, director of the Center for Autonomy and Artificial Intelligence at CNA, warned that human intervention at the “trigger pull” will not eliminate the risks of autonomous weapons. The convention’s purpose is to, “ban or restrict the use of specific types of weapons that are considered to cause unnecessary or unjustifiable suffering to combatants or to affect civilians indiscriminately.” In recent years the subject of lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS) has been a major focus of the CCW.

April 10, 2018 – As nations continue to develop lethal autonomous weapon systems (LAWS), the international community’s main concern is how to mitigate the risk these systems pose to civilians. A growing consensus in the U.N. Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) argues that human control over the targeting process is a solution to the risks posed by LAWS. A new CNA report by Dr. Larry Lewis, director of the Center for Autonomy and Artificial Intelligence at CNA, argues that this approach is “too narrow.” Instead, the report recommends a shift in focus from process considerations, such as human control at the point of final engagement, to outcome considerations, using a comprehensive approach to limit civilian casualties.

October 20, 2017–The launch of CNA’s Center for Autonomy and Artificial Intelligence (CAAI) will bring CNA’s unique "scientists on the front lines" research techniques to tomorrow’s battlefield. CAAI officials said advancements in AI related technologies will present challenges and unexpected opportunities, particularly for the Department of Defense (DOD), that CNA has the distinct experience and capabilities to address.