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“Immoral code”: when killer robots and artificial intelligence shoot

With Davide Del Monte, Barbara Gallo, Catherine Connolly, Philip Di Salvo

25 September 2022    17:00 - 18:30

Fondazione Collegio San Carlo – Sala Verde

Via San Carlo 5
Modena, 41121 Italia

A campaign against killer robots might sound like something out of the plot of a dystopian novel. Instead, governments and private companies have been competing for a few years in the race to develop autonomous weapons that can strike and kill without the aid or confirmation of a human being. That is why “Stop Killer Robots,” a global coalition of more than 180 organizations calling for the introduction of new international norms to ensure the maintenance of meaningful human control over the use of force in warfare contexts, was born. Immoral Code, the documentary produced by Stop Killer Robots on these issues, reflects on the impact of the killer robots and autonomous weapons and asks whether there are situations in which it is morally and socially acceptable for a robot capable of making that decision autonomously to take the life of a human. Beginning with a screening of the documentary, the panel will take stock of the advances in these armaments, their regulation, and the role that public debate and journalism can play in shedding light on the proliferation of these technologies.

The panel will be preceded by a screening of the documentary Immoral Code (24′)

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Catherine Connolly

Automated Decision Research Manager

Catherine Connolly is Automated Decision Research Manager for the Stop Killer Robots campaign. Catherine has a PhD in International Law & Security Studies from Dublin City University. Before working for the Stop Killer Robots campaign, Catherine was doing research and…

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Barbara Gallo

Disarmo Archive – IRIAD

A freelance journalist, she graduated in Sociology from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” and is a Senior Researcher at the Istituto di Ricerche Internazionali Archivio Disarmo-IRIAD. She has been working since 2005 on issues related to the geopolitics of…

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Davide Del Monte

Researcher and Activist

Davide is an anti corruption expert, researcher and activist. Founder and President of the info.nodes, an Italian NGO to restore a more fair, equal and transparent society. Davide is specialised in the design and enforcement of anti corruption & transparency…

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Philip Di Salvo

DIG executive and researcher

Philip Di Salvo is a postdoctoral researcher at School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. Philip’s main research interests are investigative journalism, Internet surveillance and the relationship between journalism and hacking. Previously, he was…

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