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War by Algorithm: The End of Law?

Chapter in book
Authors Gregor Noll
Published in War and algorithm / Edited by Max Liljefors, Gregor Noll and Daniel Steuer
Pages 75-104
ISBN 9781786613646
Publisher Rowman & Littlefield International
Place of publication London/New York
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Law
Pages 75-104
Language en
Keywords law, artificial intelligence, humanitiarian law, war, armed conflict
Subject categories Other Humanities, Law


It is not possible to subject algorithmic forms of warfare to the law, be it the law of war or any other form of law. This is so because subjection to the law presupposes a monotheistically structured process for its incarnation. As I have shown, there cannot be such a process in the case of weapons systems that fuse human and artificial intelligence. If we want to know how such a system works in practice, we need to test it on the scale relevant for its future use. As I have shown, this is impossible. For that reason, we cannot know whether it will operate in conformity with the law.

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