The Autonomy of Automated Systems

Giovanni Sartor

We shall introduce some basic ideas that may be useful to approach the discussion on autonomous systems, from a legal perspective, and apply it to autonomous weapons. First of all, we shall distinguish the concepts of automaticity, autonomy, and teleology. We shall then discuss the idea of a cognitive delegation to autonomous systems, considering what aspects of cognition it may concern. We shall also address more specific and extensive notions of autonomy, such as the idea of normative and moral autonomy. Finally, we shall consider what liabilities may be involved in the use of autonomous systems.


  • Autonomous Weapons Systems – Law, Ethics, Policy (AWS-LEP 2014) — 24/04/2014–25/04/2014



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invited talk

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Panel D1 - What is Autonomy in the Context of Weapons Systems? Loops, Delegation and Joint Cognitive Systems

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Villa LaFonte, Firenze, Italia

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