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U.S. Military Use of Robotics and Automated Systems

  • LM-201, James Madison Memorial Building (map)

Tuesday, November 20, 2018
10:00 - 11:30 AM

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Room LM-201
James Madison Memorial Building       

At this program, CRS authors will briefly discuss their recent report, U.S. Ground Forces Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) and Artificial Intelligence (AI): Considerations for Congress . Attendees will have the opportunity to explore these and other issues with CRS analysts during a Q&A session following the presentation.

The nexus of RAS and AI has the potential to change the nature of warfare. RAS and AI technologies figure prominently in the Army and Marines modernization programs and efforts are underway to develop a variety of systems that employ these technologies. Both allies and potential adversaries are aggressively pursuing RAS and AI to gain a battlefield advantage. RAS and AI is being developed to great effect in the private sector and many of these technologies have military applicability. The widespread adoption of RAS and AI also could have significant personnel implications for the Army and Marines. The possible pursuit of fully autonomous lethal automated weapon systems (LAWS) carries with it international legal, moral, and ethical concerns.

This program is not open to interns.

For more information or if interpreting services (American Sign Language, Contact Signing, Oral and/or Tactile) or ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accommodations are needed, call/e-mail the Congressional Programs and Communications Office at 202-707-7904 or seminars@crs.loc.gov