On Saturday, 17 March 2018, the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP)’s Global Risk and Resilience Cluster Leader, Dr Jean-Marc Rickli, participated in a panel discussion entitled, “From Solferino to ‘Killer Robots’, the Race for Disarmament” at this year’s International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights (FIFDH) in Geneva.
Moderated by RTS journalist, Miruna Coca-Cozma, and with a video introduction from Béatrice Fihn, Director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), the discussion also featured panelists Yves Daccord, Director-General, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC); and Stephen Goose, Executive Director, Arms Division, HRW and founder of the “Stop Killer Robots” campaign.
“Warfare is being transformed very rapidly due to the exponential growth of disruptive technologies such as AI, synthetic biology and neuroscience,” said Dr Rickli. The discussion followed the screening of the movie, “War Games”, and an entry in this year’s competition by German Director Karin Jurschick. The documentary takes a closer look at war technology of the future and how drones, “killer Roberts” and other forms of remote-controlled weapons will figure more prominently in acts of conflict as well as permanent surveillance.