Instead of myopically pursuing an unlikely treaty ban, the international community should explore alternative approaches to addressing the regulatory challenges posed by autonomous weapon systems.
Rebecca Crootof is the Executive Director of the Information Society Project and a Research Scholar and Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. Her primary areas of research include technology law, public international law, and torts; much of her work focuses on questions of when and how law can channel technological development to promote socially desirable aims. Work available at www.crootof.com.
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The United States' seemingly insufficient reaction may have been informed by international law; the United States might have responded to the DNC hack as it did because international law did not permit it to do more. Limited state recourse to escalatory self-help measures is a feature of the modern international legal order—but, as the DNC hack, Sony hack, and growing number of similar cyber-enabled interferences demonstrate, in cyberspace this feature may have become a bug.
Why the Prohibition on Permanently Blinding Lasers is Poor Precedent for a Ban on Autonomous Weapon Systems
Autonomous weapon systems share few traits with permanently blinding lasers – or with other weapons that have been successfully banned.