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A Posthuman-Xenofeminist Analysis of the Discourse on Autonomous Weapons Systems and Other Killing Machines

Jones, EL (2018) 'A Posthuman-Xenofeminist Analysis of the Discourse on Autonomous Weapons Systems and Other Killing Machines.' Australian Feminist Law Journal, 44 (1). 93 - 118. ISSN 1320-0968

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Abstract

In this article, I critique the current debates surrounding autonomous weapons systems, using feminist posthuman theory to make sense of such systems – and the relation between human and machine – in terms of automation and autonomy. The dominant narratives about autonomous weapons tend to present them as exceptional; they are distinct from all the other kinds of human inventions that can kill. Further attention is required, not on autonomous weapons themselves but on the delegation of killing to a far broader range of technologies across the human–machine/autonomous–automated spectrum. While current attempts at legal regulation distinguish between civil and military technologies, such a distinction becomes impossible in light of the links between civil and military technologies and the killing potential of many technologies, including artificial intelligence.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: autonomous weapons systems, human enhancement technologies, artificial intelligence, xenofeminism, military technologies, feminism, posthuman
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > Law, School of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2018 15:21
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2018 15:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/21540

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