The Logics of "Droning"

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Autonomous Weapons, 2021
In collaboration with Raphaël Anderegg and Laurent Weingart.


At a time of growing conflicts and vertiginous technological change, autonomous weapons are attracting growing interest among the armed forces. “The logic of droning” explores the implications and limitations of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning embedded in weapon systems and their uses in armed conflict.

AI makes it possible to considerably increase the autonomy of weapon systems in the control of specific functions such as flight, navigation, and surveillance, but also and above all in the selection and attack of targets. However, will these autonomous weapon systems ever become “smart” enough to detect threats more effectively than human operators? Will they be able to have control and make the decision to launch the attack?