Command and Ctrl: India’s Place in the Lethal Autonomous Weapons Regime

Technological advancement in artificial intelligence has created a situation where the deployment of Lethal Autonomous Weapons has become practically, if not legally, possible within a few years. As the international community struggles to arrive at a definition of ‘autonomous weapons’, the need to regulate their use has become paramount. Apart from the legal and ethical considerations in the use of autonomous weapons, there are also concerns about a new arms race that might emerge as a result of the military-technological divide between developed and developing nations. For countries like India which enjoy conventional military superiority in the region, it is important to not allow autonomous weapons to offset such superiority. This can be achieved by proactively investing in the research and development of these weapons instead of attempting to maintain the status quo.

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Bedavyasa Mohanty