New NATO working group on controllability of intelligent systems

12 February 2020

Dr Diana Donath and Prof Axel Schulte join a new working group of the NATO Science and Technology Organization. As in previous activities of this kind, the focus is again on the interaction of intelligently automated unmanned systems with the human user. The newly founded Task Group of the Human Factors and Medicine Panel (HFM-330) will specifically address the topic "Human Systems Integration for Meaningful Human Control over AI-based Systems". Scientists from the USA, Germany, Great Britain, France, the Netherlands and Sweden are discussing the question of how meaningful control over highly automated armed systems can be exerted by the soldier acting in a responsible manner, with the assumption that "artificial intelligence" is massively involved. It is clear that the debate must be pursued technically, ethically and legally.

The photo shows old familiar faces and new participants at the kick-off meeting at the NATO STO Collaboration Support Office (CSO) in Neuilly-sur-Seine near Paris.