War in the Age of Intelligent Machines: A Debate


7pm, March 21, 2018

Scotiabank Theatre,

Saint Mary’s University

Dr. Noel Sharkey, Chair of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control and Principal Spokesperson, Campaign to Stop Killer Robots

Dr. Duncan MacIntosh, Professor of Philosophy, Dalhousie University


Dr. Noel Sharkey debates Dr. Duncan MacIntosh on the role of autonomous weapons and killer machines. To what degree should we be concerned?

Presented with the support of the University of King’s College (Contemporary Studies Program, Early Modern Studies Program and History of Science and Technology Program), Saint Mary’s University (Department of English, Department of Physics), Dalhousie University (Department of Philosophy), the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs, and Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

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Relevant Material

Academic Papers & Reports

MacIntosh, Duncan. “Autonomous Weapons and the Nature of Law and Morality: How Rule-of-Law Values Require Automation of the Rule of Law.” Temple International and Comparative Law Journal 30 (2016) :99-117

Future of Humanity Institute, University of Oxford; Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, University of Cambridge; Center for a New American Security, Electronic Frontier Foundation; OpenAI. The Malicious Use of Artificial Intelligence: Forecasting, Prevention, and Mitigation. February 2018

News and Media

Michael Robillard. “The ‘Killer Robots’ Are Us.” New York Times Online. January 29, 2018.

Etzionih, Oren. “Opinion: How to Regulate Artificial Intelligence.” New York Times. Sepember 1, 2017.