Doctoral Researcher Maaike Verbruggen participates in an EP public hearing on the use of Artificial Intelligence

The Security and Defence subcommittee (SEDE) of the European Parliament is organizing a public hearing on “Opportunities and challenges of the use of Artificial Intelligence - enabled systems in security and defence”. The aim of the hearing is to assess the possible impact of AI on security and defence. AI is viewed as a new strategic enabler that can present a number of opportunities, but also challenges. In CSDP missions and operations, AI-enabled systems can be used in multiple ways to enhance EU’s capabilities. At the same time, the use of AI-systems in defence can also have non-desirable legal and ethical implications, in particular the potential lack of human oversight on the functioning and use of AI-enabled weapons could lead to actions violating international norms, and raise accountability concerns. The hearing will therefore look into ways on how to ensure ethically and legally sustainable use of AI in security and defence, taking into account recent EP’s call for the prohibition of lethal autonomous weapons.

At the hearing, Doctoral Researcher Maaike Verbruggen will set out the state of play of the development and use of Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems, and the diplomatic discussions on these systems held in the framework of the United Nations Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons.

The hearing is open to the public and will be held on Tuesday 3 December between 10.30 and 12.30. You can find more information on the webpage of the European Parliament.