Minefields to Minespace: The Changing Architecture of Autonomous Killing

ULD_10_-_Friday_-_11_-_Matthew_Bolton_-_From_minefields_to_minespace_-_Landmines_autonomous_armed_robots_and_dynamic_military_enclosureAt the end of April, I presented at a conference titled “Between Architecture of War and Military Urbanism” organized by the Faculty of Architecture in Tallinn, Estonia. It was a fascinating interdisciplinary gathering of social scientists, urban planners and architects all looking at the ways in which the spaces, terrains and environments around us are shaped by and in turn shape the development of armed conflict.

I presented a paper on landmines, booby traps, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and ‘killer robots‘ (autonomous armed robots), looking at the way changing notions of space have changed the way the US Army thinks about lethal autonomous technologies.

Click on the picture to the left to see my Powerpoint presentation. You can listen to my 25 minute talk by clicking here.

~ by Matthew Bolton on 20 May 2013.

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