Public Lecture: Meaningful Human Control – A Solution of Military and Industry
To what extent do military operations and design ethics relate to each other? Our Stiftung Südtiroler Sparkasse Global Fellow Steven Umbrello will explore this question in a public lecture.
- Date: 29.06.2022, 11.00 CET
- Place: Online on Zoom
- Typology: Public Lecture
Steven Umbrello is the Managing Director of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. As one of our Stiftung Südtiroler Sparkasse Global Fellows, he will give insights into his research on the ethics and legality of autonomous weapon systems (AWS).
The international debate on the ethics and legality of autonomous weapon systems (AWS) as well as the call for a ban are primarily focused on the nebulous concept of fully autonomous AWS. More specifically, on AWS that are capable of target selection and engagement without human supervision or control. Steven Umbrello will argue that such a conception of autonomy is divorced both from military planning and decision-making operations as well as the design requirements that govern AWS engineering and subsequently the tracking and tracing of moral responsibility. To do this, the Stiftung Südtiroler Sparkasse Global Fellow will try to marry two different levels of meaningful human control (MHC), termed levels of abstraction, to couple military operations with design ethics. In doing so, he argues that the contentious notion of ‘full’ autonomy is not problematic under this two-tiered understanding of MHC.
Meaningful Human Control: A Solution of Military and Industry
29.06.2022 | 11.00 CET
Participation is free of charge and open to all interested parties.
The lecture will be given in English.
Steven Umbrello is the Managing Director of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. He studied philosophy of science and technology at the University of Toronto (H.B.A), epistemology, ethics, and mind at the University of Edinburgh (MSc), science and technology studies at York University (MA), and the ethics and design of AI at the Northwestern Italian Philosophy Consortium (PhD). His research focuses more broadly on value sensitive design, its philosophical foundations as well as its application to novel technologies like AI, nanotech, and Industry 4.0.
About the Stiftung Südtiroler Sparkasse Global Fellowship
Each year, two Stiftung Südtiroler Sparkasse Global Fellowships are awarded. The Fellows are offered the opportunity to work closely with the interdisciplinary team at the Center for Advanced Studies on topics of both global and glocal relevance, linking personal experiences and research and chosen geopolitical areas with the Center’s expertise. Our Fellows 2022 are Irem Güney-Frahm and Steven Umbrello.
The Global Fellowships are funded by the
Stiftung Südtiroler Sparkasse / Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Bolzano.
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