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Video: Killer robots? (SYP Webinar)

SYP UK held its second webinar, on the ethical, political and technical issues around lethal autonomous weapons (or ‘killer robots’), on 30th June 2020.

Speakers included:

  • Laura Nolan, a software engineer who recently resigned from Google in protest over its involvement with the US DoD’s ‘Project Maven’ – Starts at 0min20s – Slides here
  • Elizabeth Minor, an Advisor at Article 36, an NGO that works to develop new legal standards to prevent civilian harm from weapons – Starts at 20mins30s – Slides here
  • David Ellwood, a theoretical physicist, mathematician, and Exec Committee member of British Pugwash (former Research Director of the Clay Mathematics Institute) – Starts at 37mins – Slides here

The webinar was chaired by Orlanda Gill, a University of Warwick graduate.…

British Pugwash Newsletter – May 2020

Topics covered in the British Pugwash May 2020 Newsletter include:

  • Pugwash statement on the Open Skies Treaty and New START
  • Pugwash statement on NPT Review postponement and risks post-pandemic
  • Obituary – Julian Perry Robinson
  • Dr Frank Boulton on ‘Nuclear war and public health’
  • A selection of relevant articles

The newsletter can be found online here

Multimedia from Technology & Peace Conference (SYP UK), 7 March 2020

Student / Young Pugwash UK held its fifth Annual Conference in March 2020, titled ‘Warwick Technology & Peace Conference‘, in association with the Warwick Pugwash Student Society. 

It was a multidisciplinary conference about the risks posted by emerging technologies, as well as political and technical solutions to control them.…

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Multimedia available – Ethical Science? – Nottingham University – 23rd October 2019

British Pugwash co-hosted with University of Nottingham Physics Department a mini-conference about ethical issues in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The conference was open to all ages and disciplines. The agenda is below.…