Artificial Intelligence - Statement

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:02 pm on 26th April 2018.

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Photo of Lord West of Spithead Lord West of Spithead Labour 2:02 pm, 26th April 2018

My Lords, I apologise for not having been here at the beginning of the Statement. My question relates to a narrow field: the issue of fully autonomous weapons systems which are using AI and learn as they go on. What is the Government’s position on the development of fully autonomous weapons systems, bearing in mind that we know that at least two countries are working on what I think is an extremely dangerous thing?