Ethics of Science – British Pugwash https://britishpugwash.org Wed, 29 Jan 2020 16:41:44 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 https://i1.wp.com/britishpugwash.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/bpico.png?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 Ethics of Science – British Pugwash https://britishpugwash.org 32 32 146896316 Pugwash at APPG on drones: ‘Drones, swarming and the future of warfare’ https://britishpugwash.org/pugwash-at-appg-on-drones-drones-swarming-and-the-future-of-warfare/ Fri, 12 Jul 2019 12:43:31 +0000 https://britishpugwash.org/?p=4580 Our Executive Committee member, Sebastian Brixey-Williams, spoke about some of his recent research on marine drones to a meeting organised by three different All Party Parliamentary Groups.

The presentation touched on some of his Pugwash-funded research on how trends in unmanned underwater vehicles might impact submarine-based nuclear weapons systems.…

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Our Executive Committee member, Sebastian Brixey-Williams, spoke about some of his recent research on marine drones to a meeting organised by three different All Party Parliamentary Groups.

The presentation touched on some of his Pugwash-funded research on how trends in unmanned underwater vehicles might impact submarine-based nuclear weapons systems.

A summary of the meeting is here

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UCL meeting: 30/01/19 – ‘Autonomous weapons: should cognitive machines be allowed to kill’ https://britishpugwash.org/ucl-meeting-30-01-18-autonomous-weapons-should-cognitive-machines-be-allowed-to-kill/ Fri, 11 Jan 2019 11:33:08 +0000 https://britishpugwash.org/?p=4265 UCL Diplomacy in Action society will be hosting Professor John Finney, a physicist and member of British Pugwash, will be presenting the talk: “Autonomous Weapons: should cognitive machines be allowed to kill?”.…

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UCL Diplomacy in Action society will be hosting Professor John Finney, a physicist and member of British Pugwash, will be presenting the talk: “Autonomous Weapons: should cognitive machines be allowed to kill?”. The talk will provide a key insight into international security and physics too.

You don’t have to be a UCL Student to attend, but must register for a FREE ticket.

Facebook / EventbriteĀ here

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Report of COMEST on Robotics Ethics https://britishpugwash.org/report-of-comest-on-robotics-ethics/ Mon, 23 Oct 2017 15:07:59 +0000 http://britishpugwash.org/?p=3835 A new report adopted by The World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST) in September 2017 addresses the ethical and legal issues of armed robotic systems and their implications for the changing nature of warfare.

The World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST) is a UNESCO body mandated to formulate ethical principles that could provide decision-makers with criteria that extend beyond purely economic considerations. The President of Pugwash is ex officio a member of COMEST, and from 2012 to 2017 John Finney deputised for Ambassador Dhanapala on the Commission.

Following an initiative from Pugwash, the Commission tasked itself to explore the ethical implications of modern robotics. Of particular Pugwash interest are the implications with respect to armed robotic systems (‘drones’) and autonomous weapons: the resulting report, adopted by COMEST in September 2017, addresses ethical and legal issues of these systems, and their implications for the changing nature of warfare. The Commission’s recommendations include the complete prohibition of the development and use of autonomous weapons.

Read the full Report of COMEST on Robotics Ethics.

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British Pugwash Annual Report 2016 https://britishpugwash.org/british-pugwash-annual-report-2016/ Wed, 09 Aug 2017 14:58:42 +0000 http://britishpugwash.org/?p=3804 Key topics include: developments on the international disarmament scene with major implications for British Pugwash; Trident: emerging technologies; the NPT RevCon and the Disarmament Institute (BRINDI); science and ethics: the ethics of modern robotics; energy policy and climate change; Student / Young Pugwash activities

Read or download the report

 

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British Pugwash Newsletter October 2016 https://britishpugwash.org/british-pugwash-newsletter-october-2016/ Thu, 27 Oct 2016 11:43:28 +0000 http://britishpugwash.org/?p=3591 Topics covered in the British Pugwash 2016 Newsletter include:

  • British Pugwash Group: new Chair
  • Nuclear issues: Emerging technologies and the Trident debate; WMDA Ambassadorsā€™ programmes
  • Science and ethics: The ethics of developing technologies – COMEST and robotics
  • Student/Young Pugwash: first annual conference
  • Climate change and the Global Energy Calculator

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British Pugwash Annual Report 2015 https://britishpugwash.org/british-pugwash-annual-report-2015/ Tue, 19 Jul 2016 16:11:03 +0000 http://britishpugwash.org/?p=3494 Key topics: developments on the international disarmament scene with major implications for British Pugwash; Trident update; the 2015 NPT Review Conference; the Disarmament Institute (BRINDI); science and ethics, including autonomous weapons; chemical weapons; UK and European energy policy.

Read or download pdf of the report

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