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Symposium holds discussion on autonomous weapons systems

The Department of Defense of the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Center for Political and Strategic Studies of the Brazilian Navy (CEPE-MB), with the support of the Alexandre de Gusmão Foundation (FUNAG), held the “Business and academic symposium on autonomous weapons” on August 6, 2019, at the Brazilian Naval War College, in Rio de Janeiro.

The advent of new weapons and technologies boasting artificial intelligence, particularly lethal autonomous weapon systems (LAWS), raises ethical questions and has implications for international humanitarian law and for the defense industrial base. Brazil is keeping up with new developments in the field and offers support to multilateral efforts aiming at a greater regulation of the area.

The symposium – whose objective was to consolidate the Brazilian position in the negotiation process of the governance of lethal autonomous weapon systems – gathered representatives of the federal government, the academic community, and private enterprises to discuss the subject.

The opening of the event was hosted by Ambassador Gelson Fonseca Junior, Director of the Center for Diplomatic History and Documentation (CHDD-FUNAG); Ambassador Alessandro Warley Candeas, Director of the Department of Defense of the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and Admiral Augusto Dias Monteiro, President of CEPE-MB.

Watch the documentary on the symposium (Portuguese only).

 

 

Photos: Marcos Mattos.

For more photos of the event, visit our Flickr.

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