International Discussions Concerning Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems [August 16, 2019] [open pdf - 447KB]
From the Document: "As technology, particularly artificial intelligence (AI), advances, lethal autonomous weapon systems (LAWS)-- weapons designed to make decisions about using lethal force without manual human control--may soon make their appearance, raising a number of potential ethical, diplomatic, legal, and strategic concerns for Congress. By providing a brief overview of ongoing international discussions concerning LAWS, this In Focus seeks to assist Congress as it conducts oversight hearings on AI within the military (as the House and Senate Committees on Armed Services have done in recent years), guides U.S. foreign policy, and makes funding and authorization decisions related to LAWS."
CRS In Focus, IF11294
Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/